You can now call Santa Claus with Google Assistant

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In all seriousness, various people and tech sites have raised legitimate questions about what our children are learning by the way gadgets increasingly encourage us to just bark a command and wait for it to be carried out.

Finally, Google Assistant now supports two-way talkback with the Nest Hello video doorbell, making lists, and a "Pretty Please" feature that rewards users for saying "please" and "thank you" when addressing the assistant.

The first update is the "Pretty Please" feature announced at Google I/O in May.

"Thanks for asking so nicely. Alright, five minutes. Starting now".

Google Home | now £79 at Argos | was £129This deal is an absolute must-buy if you've been looking to pick up a Google Home smart speaker and AI assistant. All of it makes Google's Assistant more useful and the rivalry with Amazon's Alexa that much more interesting. Under that feature, kids can say, "Hey Google, Call Santa" to help Santa rehearse for a concert. Using phrases like "Hey Google, create a gift list" or "add opera tickets to my gift list", users can create and manage lists easily.

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The whole family can now enjoy karaoke night at home with synchronized lyrics available for select Google Play Music songs on devices like the affordable Home Hub. You can access the feature when someone rings by tapping the blue "Talk" button.

You never know when you're going to think of the flawless gift for someone on your list, and you can't always jot it down so you don't forget. You'll be able to sing along to your favorite songs with on-screen lyrics on a Smart Display, get into a story with the Read Along feature, or even get a call in to the big man himself at the North Pole to see what he's up to.

Aside from the politeness feature, Google is working to add support for Google Keep. The new addition works only with Google Play Music subscription, and you need to say something like, "Hey Google, play "Jingle Bell Rock" on Google Play Music". Not only is your smart speaker capable of reading all the classics now, also supporting new holiday content from Nickelodeon.

The Show joins a small but growing group of touch-screen smart speaker competitors.

Speaking of screening, Google has selected 50 free audiobooks that the Assistant can read to your kids when you tuck them in at night.

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