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14:26  10 october  2019
14:26  10 october  2019 Source:   variety.com

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The long-promised John Legend voice eventually landed on Google Assistant back in April, now we've got the next celebrity voice offering in the form of the brilliant actress, writer and producer, Issa Rae . Just say, "Hey Google , talk like Issa ," or switch your Assistant voice settings

At I/O 2018, Google noted how celebrity voices are a top Assistant feature request. Following Amazon last month bringing its first voice to Echo, Google Assistant today is getting its second with Issa Rae .

Now you can make Google Assistant talk — and sing — like Issa Rae, star and co-creator of HBO’s “Insecure.”

  Issa Rae’s Voice Lands on Google Assistant © ELIZABETH KITCHENS

The actress-writer-producer is the latest celebrity to bring her voice to a digital virtual assistant. Rae is the second celeb cameo for Google Assistant, after singer John Legend’s mellifluous vocalizations came to the platform earlier this year. Amazon is getting in the game, too, recently announcing that a voice pack for Samuel L. Jackson will be coming to Alexa.

Rae’s voice is available as a cameo on the Google Assistant starting today (Oct. 10), available in English for a limited time in the U.S. for free. John Legend’s pipes are also still available as an option. To switch to Rae’s voice, users simply say “Hey Google, talk like Issa,” or select it in the “Assistant voice” settings section.

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Rae ’ s voice is available for a limited time, and unfortunately, will only answer to the above queries. Everything else will be handled by your standard Google Having Issa ’ s voice as an option is great, but the rollout of celebrity voices on Google Assistant has transpired slower than I thought it would.

The Issa Rae voice should start appearing in Google Assistant today. However, it will only be an option in the US when your language is set to US English. The John Legend voice is still available as of this morning, but Google has been clear these cameos are for a limited time only.

To bring her voice to Google Assistant, the tech giant used its speech-synthesis technology, WaveNet, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze speech patterns and then generates audio based on text input.

Rae said it required more than 40 hours of her saying “random sentences” in the recording booth to get the Google Assistant trained to replicate her speech. “One of the most fun days was just being myself – I give people compliments,” she said. Rae said listening to her own synthesized voice on Google Assistant was a bit bizarre: “I’ve heard it, and it’s me, which is very interesting.”

When she was first approached last year by Google about the project, she said, “I was like, ‘What? Me?’” While she was excited at the offer, she admitted, “I was a little scared… Google is huge, and I had never done anything like this.” Ultimately, she dove in: “I do consider myself to have a very helpful voice,” Rae said.

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What you need to know Issa Rae is the second celebrity cameo voice for Google Assistant . Cameo voices for Assistant only work for specific replies, not for every response. Google is bringing comedy gold to its Assistant with Issa Rae ' s voice , starting today.

Select Issa Rae ' s voice via the Google Assistant app. Open the Google Assistant app on your device, then tap the button with three dots, and tap Settings. What can Issa Rae ' s cameo voice do? Thanks to Google ’ s DeepMind artificial intelligence and speech synthesis model WaveNet, Google

Once Rae’s voice is activated, Google Assistant users can ask for things like weather forecasts or answers to questions like, “When’s the first day of winter?” You can also ask Rae to tell a joke, sing a song, tell a secret, or provide a quote. There are also a few Easter eggs with Rae’s cameo, such as when you ask, “Hey Google, do you have any dating advice?” or “Hey Google, are you a writer?”

She can even provide a motivational message of encouragement, such as when you ask “How do I look?” Said Rae, “I am a big pumper-upper.”

All other responses will continue to be in one of the original Google Assistant voices. Rae’s cameo voice is available on any device that has the Google Assistant, including Google Home speakers, smart displays like the new Nest Hub Max, and on mobile for Android and iOS.

Rae has garnered an Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy actress for her role in “Insecure.” She rose to prominence with her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Her YouTube channel “Issa Rae Presents,” which has over 450,000 subscribers, on Oct. 17 will premiere drama series “King Ester” starring Angelica Ross (“Pose”) and Janet Hubert (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”).

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Rae ' s voice is available to answer your questions for a limited time in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant -- smart speakers like the Rae is the second celebrity to make a cameo appearance on Google Assistant . Singer and songwriter John Legend provided the first cameo, and

Issa Rae ’ s voice can be enabled just by asking Google Assistant to “talk like Issa ” or, alternately, go into Assistant ’ s settings and look for her cameo. Just like John Legend, Issa Rae won’t be available forever and Google Assistant will still answer in its normal selected voice for all other questions.

She made her film debut in the acclaimed drama “The Hate U Give” and most recently starred in Universal Pictures’ “Little” and will star in two romantic-comedy movies out next year: Universal’s “The Photograph,” releasing on Feb. 14, and Paramount’s “The Lovebirds,” debuting April 3. Rae also is developing a re-imagined version of New Line’s 1996 thriller “Set It Off.”

Related video: Issa Rae is engaged to longtime boyfriend Louis Diame [via E! Online]

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