Google Assistant bringing 30 new languages, multilingual support, and more

Feb 24, 2018, 05:01
Google Assistant bringing 30 new languages, multilingual support, and more

Google on Friday announced by the end of this year, Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages to reach 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide.

The Assistant is now available in many languages apart from English. But if you speak Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish or Thai, get excited, because your Google Assistant will be able to respond to you by text in the next few months.

Interestingly, Google has a similar program for carriers, so in the future you'll just ask the Assistant about your plan, add new services (like global data roaming) through its conversational interface, and even get support from your carrier in this manner. As Google suggests, this will enable users to speak English to Assistant at work, then switch to French or German while at home without changing any settings. For example, if you say "Hey Google, I'm home", you can set your Google Assistant to turn on the lights, repeat any reminders set for your return home from work, and play some relaxing music.

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Google is also bringing two new features to Assistant, the looooong awaited Routines which was announced a year ago, and Location based reminders. And location-based reminders will ping your phone at the appropriate time when you tell your Google Home to do something like remind you to buy milk after work.

The other big Assistant news for MWC is Google working closely with device makers. Meanwhile, Google has worked closely with OEMs to improve the Assistant experience on third-party devices.

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, Google Inc. today unveiled a series of major enhancements for its virtual assistant aimed at enabling users to automate more parts of their digital lives.

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First is the news that Google Assistant will be spreading to more languages and locales. Coming soon, we'll also have new integrations from LG, Sony Mobile and Xiaomi.

Of course, the Google Home smart speaker stays in one location itself - but it can be used to create the location-based reminders you want to be alerted about later on your phone. That should allow for Assistant-guided access to things like service plans, adding extras like global roaming to an account, and customer support.

The most notable addition is the introduction of what the company calls routines. On that same note, the Google Assistant is also becoming multilingual later in the year. Carriers Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone are already developing integrations with the Assistant, with more coming soon.

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