Google Home Assistant Will Notice if You Say 'Please' and 'Thank You'

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Finally, Assistant is getting some new read- and sing-along features.

Yes, to take advantage of this karaoke-like feature you'll need to have a Google Play Music account. Say "Hey, Google, add an Echo Dot to my gift list", to add an item, and "Hey, Google, what's on my gift list?" to pull the list up. As part of the Christmas spirit, Google has rolled out new Google Assistant features, which aside from the addition, encourages us to stay well-mannered during the Christmas season. Simply pop it into an outlet, plug in your devices, then use the Smart Life app, Alexa, or Google Assistant to control them. If you make commands to Google Assistant using the words "please" or "thank you", Google Assistant will respond in a well-mannered tone, using polite phrases to encourage you to continue doing the same in the future.

"Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes".

Have you ever wanted to speak to Santa? That feature was actually announced a couple of weeks ago, but it is rolling out this week, so that users can actually use it.

Perhaps the most notable one is "visual lyrics". But now, you are able to do much more with a few new features and a few new Google Assistant devices. Also, Google now offers over 50 story titles like "Beauty and the Beast", "Cinderella", and Dora the Explorer's "Dora's Super Sleepover" among others. It will only work on the Assistant for now, but Google said it will soon add support for list providers, including Keep, and Bring! (Nest Labs is a subsidiary of Google.) So now you can screen your visitors to let guests in and deliveries get handled, while avoiding solicitors and other uninvited rabble. You'll basically have no excuse now if you forget to pick up that loaf of bread on your way home from work. You can say something like "Hey Google, add Minions shot glasses to my Christmas shopping list" and the voice assistant will create a "Christmas shopping list" with Minions shot glasses listed under it.

Photo Sharing: Photos can now be shared from a smart display to people in your contact list. You can also quickly hide a photo from your ambient screen or favorite a photo to be enjoyed again at a later time. When someone hits you up on the ol' doorbell, just tap the "Talk" button on your smart display to find out exactly what they want.

What's more, the Google Assistant can turn nanny and read along with select Disney books (Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan or The Lion King), as well as content from Nickelodeon.