Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Google Assistant To Learn Dozens of Languages

Google Assistant To Learn Dozens of Languages

Lastly, the company revealed plans to increase the number of languages that Assistant supports to 30 by the end of the year. 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.

Over the past year, Google Assistant was integrated into homes through the magic of Google Home, and to your cars with Android Auto at CES 2017.

Alongside news of Google Assistant's forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant would soon be gaining two new features: Routines and location-based reminders. So in the future, you might be able to say, "Hey Google, launch my camera's augmented reality mode", and it'll open up straight to that feature.

Google says that Routines are arriving in the "coming weeks" in the United States, which is better than "soon", I guess.

Location-based reminders will be upgraded with voice support. Currently, while you can switch the language the Assistant will recognize, you can only speak to it in one language in any given session. In the works are Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai. This will allow users to fluently speak to the Assistant in multiple languages on the fly, and it'll first work with English, German, and French. We've seen previously with LG and the V30 where they were able to key in commands to key commands in Assistant, Google said specifically that they will bring new integrations to Sony, LG and Xiaomi phones soon, including using built-in AI chips as well. "We're also making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally to the Assistant".

Google said Sprint Corp., LG Electronics Inc. and Sony Mobile Communications Inc. are among the companies now in the process of developing custom Assistant integrations. That the software is up to date is nice and all, but why did Archos not opt for Google Assistant's smart display software? Additionally, Google announced the Assistant Mobile OEM program and the Assistant Carrier program.

Google expects Routines to work with more than 1,000 smart home products from over 100 brands - so even if you're not a Nest owner, you can take advantage. That way you can get your assistant to remind you to buy more eggs or bread while at the grocery store. Initial carriers include Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone.

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