Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update

Signage for the Google Assistant is displayed during CES 2018

Modal Trigger Signage for the Google Assistant is displayed during CES 2018. Getty Images

Although relatively minor when considered individually, these new Google Assistant skills certainly add up to ensure each and every user gets a little something to have fun with or improve the convenience of supported smart speakers and smart displays. There's no setting to enable or disable - the Assistant just has additional responses when you ask nicely.

To encourage polite manners during family gatherings, Google Assistant now enforces politeness.

Google is updating its Assistant on Smart Speakers and other devices to prepare for the holidays.

Google recently introduced the "Read Along" feature brings sound effects to stories read to children by Assistant.

For adults who are busy making the Christmas preparations, Google has added the ability to create and manage gift lists using just your vice.

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.

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Further, the Keyword Blog confirmed that Google is working to add support for third-party list apps, including Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

What's more, when you're out shopping, you can broadcast a message to your smart device back at home asking if there's anything else that's needed.

With visual lyrics, owners utilizing Google Play Music will see lyrics synchronized with a song when played via Google Assistant.

Most of these new features are available now, but some will be rolling out over the next week. Regardless of how well you curate your Google Photos collections, however, there's always one or two pictures that slip through the cracks and show up when you don't want them to.

Along the same lines, you'll also be able to "favorite" photos that you really like.

Update, November 30 at 3:36 p.m. ET: It looks like Google's weather service is up and running again! Simply pop it into an outlet, plug in your devices, then use the Smart Life app, Alexa, or Google Assistant to control them. That includes titles from Nickelodeon "Albert: The Little Tree With Big Dreams", and Dora the Explorer's, "The Little Christmas Tree".

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