Google has announced that in the upcoming days it will allow users to teach the Google Assistant how to pronounce the names of their contacts.
In a future update, Google will release a more intuitive way to train the assistant on how to pronounce a name. You will record your pronunciation and the assistant will copy it. The feature present until now forced you to do a phonetic transcription to customize names, which is more complicated.
Google Assistant will learn how to pronounce the names of users’ contacts
Google has announced some improvements to the artificial intelligence system of the assistant. The company emphasizes that after the update Google Assistant responds correctly to nearly 100% of requests to set alarms and timers.
Another improvement will be the ability to customize how the name of your contacts is pronounced, from the Favorite Contacts section. Until now, Google Assistant only allowed you to configure how you want it to pronounce your own name, not others’.
From these settings, you will be able to choose between three modes for pronouncing a name: the default mode, by recording your pronunciation and making a phonetic transcription. When recording your pronunciation, you must say the person’s name and then the Google Assistant will copy your pronunciation and use it instead. Google will not save the recording in its files.