Google Assistant will reward if you are polite with it
Amid worries of smart assistants teaching kids to sound officious or even rude at times, Google has introduced a new functionality to encourage polite behavior - 'Pretty Please'. With this, those speaking politely with Google Assistant will be rewarded with an equally polite response from the virtual assistant. The feature comes with a bunch of other Assistant-related capabilities being rolled out today. Here's more.
The 'Pretty Please' feature would be integrated automatically with Google Assistant, no matter you're using it on phone, Google Home or Home Hub. Then, whenever you'll call assistant using words like 'Please' or 'Thank you', it will provide delightful responses. For instance, on saying 'Hey Google, please turn off bedroom lights', it will say "Thanks for asking so nicely." before performing the required task.
The move comes as a welcome change, especially considering a number of parental concerns over smart assistants teaching kids to throw commands and wait for it to be carried out. It will encourage kids to mind their language with 'delightful responses', but has not made saying 'Please' or 'Thank you' fully mandatory. Amazon also introduced a similar feature in Alexa a while back.
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