Google Assistant adds more languages

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Back in October of a year ago, Google officially announced that Google Assistant, the digital assistant that is getting baked into as many different devices as possible, would learn new Routines to help get tasks done faster.

Plus, Google Assistant is learning a bunch of new languages.

Google announced today that its digital virtual assistant, Google Assistant, is taking its act on the road.

Finally, language support. Google announced that Assistant will offer support for 30 languages by the end of 2018.

Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai support for both Android handsets and iPhones will be added "in the next few months", with "more languages on more devices" set to follow suit "throughout the year".

The addition of multilingual support is sure to help users who, for example, speak more than one language at home or feel most comfortable verbalizing commands in more than one language.

Google is also giving Assistant greater abilities when it comes to interacting with third-party smartphones. Over the next week, Google will be rolling out two new features, Routines and location-based reminders.

This is the problem that Nick Fox, VP of Product at Google, aims to solve by adding support for over 30 languages. The first three languages available for multilingual users will be English, French and German with more to be added as the year progresses.

Routines allow you to get the assistant to do multiple things all at once with one command. If you say "Hey Google, I'm home" the Assistant can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and even more. Some manufacturers such as Samsung, which has developed its own intelligent assistant called Bixby, may decide not to partner with Google in this initiative. Such deeper integrations may include device-specific commands, listening for "OK Google" when the screen is off, integrations with hardware-based AI chips, and more. Perhaps more exciting, Google notes that "we'll also have new integrations from LG, Sony Mobile and Xiaomi".

According to Google, Routines will first launch in the U.S.in the weeks ahead, and will allow users to personalize six routines that help with morning commutes to and from work, and their evening at home.

Lastly, with the Assistant Carrier program, mobile carriers will be able to provide customers with more information on their services via Assistant.

Well, you can also expect the updates will bring the assistant to a lot of existing Android phones.

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