April 3rd, 2019
Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions everyday. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday. Well, that dream can now be a reality.
Starting to roll out today, John Legend’s voice is available as a cameo on the Google Assistant, available in English for a limited time in the U.S.
Want to experience it yourself? Just say, “Hey Google, talk like a Legend,” and you’ll hear John’s voice for select content when you ask the Assistant for jokes or for answers to questions like “What’s the temperature outside?” or “Why is the sky blue?” You’ll also hear John’s voice when you ask about his personality and affinity for music. Give it a go by saying, “Hey Google…”
- “Are you John Legend?”
- “What’s your favorite type of music?”
- “Who is Chrissy Teigen?”
- “Tell me a joke.”
All other responses will continue to be in one of the regular Assistant voices. You can also go to your “Assistant voice” in Assistant Settings to switch to John’s melodic voice. After you make the change, listen up—you may hear some fun surprises along the way. (Here’s a couple to get you started…just say “Hey Google, serenade me” or “Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?”)
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. We hope you enjoy hearing John’s voice as the Google Assistant as much as he enjoyed his time in the recording studio.