Google Assistant can already recognize your voice from others and pick up on what you’re saying, but more improvements seem to be on the way: References to “personalized speech recognition” have started popping up in the code of the Google app for Android.
This is thanks to some keen observations from the team at 9to5Google (opens in new tab)who discovered that the latest version of the app will offer to “save audio recordings to this device to help the Google Assistant better recognize what you’re saying”.
While we don’t have much to do here, it seems the feature could be similar to what Google is already doing on some of its smart speakers: process some common queries locally on a device to speed up recognition and processing.
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Based on the information snippets hidden in the app, if this functionality is disabled by the user, Google Assistant will “be less accurate at recognizing names and other words you say often”.
While it’s not exactly clear what difference these improvements will make, it seems that local processing on an Android phone and the ability to recognize your own vocal idiosyncrasies — accent, unique contact names and all — will make the Google Assistant experience even more so. smoother than ever.
At this stage, we don’t know when (or even if) Google will officially release this, but more information should be forthcoming if it becomes a full-fledged feature. As we heard at Google IO 2022, there are always efforts to make Google Assistant conversations more natural.
Analysis: Google Assistant still has plenty of room for improvement
Google Assistant is arguably the best digital assistant in the industry right now, thanks to Google’s innovations in machine learning and the way it reaches virtually every part of our lives, from web searches to smart home gadgets. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
The ultimate goal is to make chatting with the Google Assistant as simple and seamless as chatting with a friend or family member – and there’s still a long way to go until that’s the case, despite the regular upgrades that keep pushing out. .
With the supposed new feature mentioned above targeting “personalized” conversations, it seems like Google wants to make its assistant better at understanding those commands and words that are most specific to you.
In other words, it won’t be noticed if you mention a name or phrase that makes perfect sense to you, but would confuse an artificial intelligence system. It makes sense to also store this data for Google Assistant on your phone, the device that’s near you most of the day.