Nest smart displays to get Google Duplex support, guest mode upgrade


Google Assistant has always revolved around voice interactions, but Google was able to give it a face in the form of smart screens. Now part of the Nest Smart Home brand, Google has provided visual feedback to increase the capabilities of Google Assistant in your home. However, not all of the smart assistant’s features are available on these smart displays yet, and an upcoming addition will make it easier to book tables in restaurants. At least when Google Duplex finally arrives on the Nest Hub Max and its relatives.

Google Duplex is one of those amazing but also frightening demonstrations of Google’s AI prowess. It takes the usefulness of Google Assistant to a whole new level by calling restaurants and services and making reservations for you. The most impressive aspect of Duplex is how it is able to conduct a conversation with a (presumably) human receptionist as if it were a human himself.

Until now, duplex has been available not only in limited markets and businesses, but also only on phones. This makes sense given that most people still make calls with their phones. Nowadays, however, smart speakers and smart displays are also replacing phones in the home and soon the latter will be able to make reservations for you as well. You can either tell Google Assistant directly to make a reservation or tap the ‘book a table’ suggestion chip when viewing the details of a supported property.

Google Duplex smart displays on Nest are still marked as “coming soon,” but a new feature already available improves the guest mode experience. The assistant can now speak in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean to make guests feel welcome in your home. And you don’t have to worry either since Guest mode won’t store their interactions and reveal personal results to others.

This is only part of Google’s push for new entertainment features on its platforms. At the top of that list is, of course, the upcoming arrival of Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV, which announces Stadia to Android TV that it probably should have since day one.

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