first_imgStay on target Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Hey Alexa, how much does a Google Home speaker cost?This week’s rollout of John Legend’s velvety voice on Google Assistant has me seriously considering an AI swap.Initially revealed at last year’s Google I/O conference, the celebrity cameo is finally available in the US on any device with Google Assistant, including Google Home Hub and Android or iOS smartphones.“Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions every day. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday,” Manuel Bronstein, VP of product for Google Assistant, wrote in a blog announcement. “Well, that dream can now be a reality.”Turn on the singer-songwriter’s dulcet tones in the settings of the Assistant app or by simply telling your device to “talk like a Legend.”Then sit back and relax to the sound of Legend’s lilting words as he makes jokes or answers questions like “What’s the temperature outside” or “Why is the sky blue?”You can even get a bit cheeky with the EGOT winner by asking “Hey Google, who is Chrissy Teigen?” or “Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?” Or, for the ultimate treat, try “Hey Google, serenade me.”(Other Easter eggs, as spotted by CNET: “Are you John Legend?”, “Who’s your celebrity crush?”, “What’s your favorite song?”, “What’s your best pickup line?”, “Compliment me.”)Talk fast, though, because Legend’s voice is available only for a “limited time.”“Cameo voices on the Assistant have been one of the top requests we’ve heard from you, and with the help of state-of-the-art speech synthesis model WaveNet, they’re now a reality,” Bronstein said. “We hope you enjoy hearing John’s voice as the Google Assistant as much as he enjoyed his time in the recording studio.” More on Launches Voice-Enabled Grocery Shopping with Google AssistantGoogle Assistant Now Books Reservations in 43 StatesGoogle Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delayslast_img