Google Assistant gets 'Pretty Please' feature and more

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But Google has released a few new features for its assistant that can make your children a bit less demanding.

"Say "please" or "thank you" when using the Assistant and you'll often be rewarded with delightful responses", Google says,"Try "Hey Google, please play some holiday music for me" or "Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes".

For instance, you can ask Google Assistant nicely to set a timer with the "Pretty Please" functionality, and you will be thanked for your politeness before the task is actually completed. "But if these are habits you're trying to instill in a little one or polish up yourself, Assistant will respond in kind".

Google is pretty much widening the intelligence gap between its increasingly versatile virtual assistant and rivals from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft every month or so, with the latest batch of updates and feature enhancements specifically aimed at helping you "survive the busy holiday season".

The whole family can now enjoy karaoke night at home with synchronized lyrics available for select Google Play Music songs on devices like the affordable Home Hub. That means you can create a gift list if you need to while you're out and about just by saying, "Create a gift list".

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Additionally, you can now create a gift list with Assistant. The feature presently works with a built-in notes and to-do list version, though third-party support from Google Keep,, Bring!, and Todoist is coming soon.

When someone rings this Nest doorbell, a big blue "Talk" button will pop on your Google-compatible smart display, and you just tap on it to begin your conversation. Now, we're making it easier to share photos with people on your contact list when you land on a photo that you like by saying "Hey Google, share this photo with April". This new development is created to let users easily communicate with multiple Google Assistant devices simultaneously and broadcast their message without having many efforts.

Along the same lines, you'll also be able to "favorite" photos that you really like. Regardless of how well you curate your Google Photos collections, however, there's always one or two pictures that slip through the cracks and show up when you don't want them to.

Have a Smart Display? The result is a device that's great for reading a recipe or watching a quick how-to video, tasks that you might otherwise consign to a phone or tablet. That includes titles from Nickelodeon "Albert: The Little Tree With Big Dreams", and Dora the Explorer's, "The Little Christmas Tree".

Update, November 30 at 3:36 p.m. ET: It looks like Google's weather service is up and running again!

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