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Google Assistant to get multilingual voice support this year

Google Assistant to get multilingual voice support this year

As of right now, Google Assistant is currently available in 8 languages and the team has a goal of expanding this to more than 30 by the end of this year.

The Google Assistant is going global, with Google's AI gaining new language support, deeper integration with Android phones, and smarter functionality. With a focus on phone features, the smart Assistant will add more languages this year, as well as multilingual support.

Assistant is also becoming "multilingual", which should be helpful for individuals and families who'd like to speak more than one language around the software. This way, if you speak English at home, but German in the office, the virtual assistant will be able to understand you in both locations. Originally announced alongside the Pixel 2 phones previous year, routines will let users combine multiple actions into a single command, like turning off the lights and lowering the thermostat when you say, "OK Google, good night". For example, say "Hey Google, I'm home" and Assistant can turn on the lights, adjust your thermostat, share any home reminders, and more.

Google has today announced a couple of new features and improvements for its Assistant during MWC 2018. For example, on your Google Home, tell Assistant that you want to pick up some bread at the supermarket.

Meanwhile Google is also encouraging a more baked-in Assistant experience with device-makers, with the formalization of the Assistant Mobile OEM program.




The move aims to help Google, which has been lagging in the market for connected devices against Amazon's Alexa-powered hardware, ramp up competition in new markets.

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. Also, the Assistant Carrier program will help users be able to get information about the mobile plan directly from Assistant.

The most notable addition is the introduction of what the company calls routines.

Better integration into more phones: You can already find Google Assistant on plenty of Android devices. Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone are the first to actively develop Assistant integrations, with many more "coming soon". This could be useful if you wanted to use the Assistant to do things like make changes to your phone plan or get the balance of your bill.

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