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There's a new celebrity Google Assistant voice: Issa Rae from HBO's Insecure

Ask Google Assistant questions and get responses from actress Issa Rae, creator and star of the show Insecure on HBO.

Published onOctober 10, 2019

The first celebrity voice for Google Assistant was singer John Legend. Now, we can add a second celebrity voice to the list: actress Issa Rae, creator and star of the show Insecure on HBO (via The Verge).

However, Rae’s voice will be different than what Google achieved with John Legend’s voice. With Legend, Google used DeepMind to simulate his voice and deliver natural-sounding responses to pretty much any question. In the case of Rae, she only recorded specific responses to general questions, so it’s not nearly as powerful.

If you want to give it a shot, though, you can simply say, “Hey Google, talk to Issa,” or manually switch to her voice within the settings on your phone. Please note: Issa Rae’s first name is pronounced “EE-sah,” not “ISS-ah.”

According to Google, these are the questions you can ask after you’ve made the switch and hear a response from Rae:

  • “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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If you ask something other than those questions, you’ll get a response from your usual Google Assistant voice, not Issa Rae. However, there are a few easter egg questions you can ask related to Rae and the show Insecure. For example, you can ask “Hey Google, do you love Daniel or Lawrence more?” which is a reference to characters on Insecure. You can also ask, “Hey Google, tell me something awkward.” There might be more easter eggs out there, too.

You can use Rae’s voice on your Android or iOS smartphone, tablet, or smart speaker starting today, assuming you live in the United States. The feature will only be around for a limited time.

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