Google Assistant May Get More Personal

The main digital virtual assistants on the market today are pretty good at Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) throught the use of cloud based services. However recogniton isn’t perfect, especially in the case of names or where a user has unusual speech patterns.

Google might – just might – be planning to address this with a “personalized speech recognition” feature for Assistant. The news comes from 9to5google which has decompiled the latest Google Assistant APK and looked at what it contains.
Under “settings”, they found an option called “Personalized speech recognition” which says:

Store audio recordings on this device to help Google Assistant get better at recognizing what you say. Audio stays on this device and can be deleted any time by turning off personalized speech recognition.

and

If you turn this off, your Assistant will be less accurate at recognizing names and other words that you say frequently. All audio used to improve speech recognition for you will be deleted from this device.

It’s important to note that this feature does not exist today, so there’s no point wasting time trying to work out how to turn on personalized speech recognition. Google has not officially announced the feature and it may never go live.

But it might.