Save Room (In Your Phone): John Legend To Serve As One Of The Six New Voices Of Google Assistant
Chrissy Teigen gets to personally listen to his voice every day, but now even us "ordinary people" can hear it on a routine basis!
May 08, 2018 at 10:10 pm
If you've been on social media, you may have noticed the hilarious Google Duo ad campaign featuring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The ads were brilliant marketing, incorporating their cute relationship into the corporation's branding of its the mobile video chat.
Thanks to #GoogleDuo, my stylist is always on-call. #ad pic.twitter.com/UqrysVpBYC— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
At its 2018 I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google announced that it has another Legend collab in the works: Google Assistant will feature six new voices, and the "All Of Me" singer is one of them! According to NY Daily News, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Legend will be joining that group of voices coming through consumers' phones and home speakers later this year.
"With this technology, we started wondering who we could get into the studio with an amazing voice," said Pichai.
Google Assistant is getting 6 new voices and also maybe @johnlegend ?? #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/8Ko7osYl8t— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) May 8, 2018
Sundar clarifies, his voice is coming later this year “in certain contexts” #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/YPkmt9wRuw— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) May 8, 2018
Google announces John Legend’s voice is coming to Assistant. Now we know why he went blue to green in Kanye’s screenshots.— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 8, 2018
Previously, Google Assistant used a woman code-named Holly, as its primary voice. Thanks to the help of Wavenet, the new Google Assistant will have a more natural-sounding and conversational voice.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, John's wife had something to say about the news:
I don’t even need human John anymore https://t.co/qF885WtXdp— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 8, 2018
We're certainly here for the idea of a more soothing Google Assistant. Legend's voice is like velvet, so it will most certainly upgrade your morning greetings, calendar reminders, weather updates and more!