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Hey Google, talk like Issa

October 10th, 2019

Here’s a trivia question for you. Which actress is also a writer and producer, started a web series on YouTube, translated common insecurities into a hit show, gives a great pep talk and makes a cameo as a voice on the Google Assistant? It’s Issa Rae!

Starting today, Issa Rae’s voice is available as a cameo on the Google Assistant, in English for a limited time in the U.S. To switch to Issa’s voice, simply say “Hey Google, talk like Issa,” or go to your “Assistant voice” in Assistant Settings. You’ll then hear Issa’s voice when you ask the Assistant for things like the weather forecast or for answers to questions like, “When is the first day of winter?” You’ll also hear Issa’s voice when you’re in the mood for a joke or when you’re seeking motivation. Here’s a few ideas to get you started—try asking your Assistant, “Hey Google…”

  • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • “Tell me a secret.”
  • “What do you think of me?”
  • “Give me a quote from Issa Rae.”
  • “Sing a song.”
  • “Tell me a joke.”
  • Or ask, “Mirror talk” or “How do I look?” for confidence-boosting affirmations.
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You can even hear a few surprises—like Issa’s take when you ask, “Hey Google, do you love Daniel or Lawrence?” or “Hey Google, tell me something awkward.” Responses to all other questions will continue to be in one of the original Assistant voices. And if you want yet another surprise, keep an eye out on the @Google Instagram channel today for a few exclusive sneak peeks into Issa’s life on set!

This is the Google Assistant’s second celebrity voice, following the melodic vocals of John Legend, made possible by the state-of-the-art speech synthesis model, WaveNet. You can get Issa’s cameo voice on any device that has the Google Assistant, including Google Home smart speakers and all Smart Displays—including the new Nest Hub Max—and on mobile for Android and iOS.