Google announces big changes to Google Assistant

Alicia Guzman
February 24, 2018

The first new languages will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai, with more coming at some point after that first wave.

Finally, language support. Google announced that Assistant will offer support for 30 languages by the end of 2018. The support will be available in Assistant on both Android and iPhones and Google will expand language support over the coming months.

But soon it will understand English, French and German at the same time - however, you will have to stick to the same language for each question or command you issue to Assistant.

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"If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you", wrote Fox.

So when you walk into your home and say, "Hey, Google, I'm home", the digital assistant cannot only turn on the lights, but also start playing music, share some important reminders, and more.

Routines: We first announced Routines past year, which help you get multiple things done with just a single command. For example, you could say, "OK Google, I'm home" as you arrive home from work and Assistant on your phone or through Google Home will turn your lights on, share reminders, and fire up that fresh 2018 playlist. All you have to do is ask the Assistant on your smart speaker, like Google Home-and when you get to the store, the Assistant on your phone will remind you.

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Overall, these improvements will make Google Assistant a far more flexible and useful service.

Google Assistant is about to give the term multilingual a whole new meaning. Some manufacturers such as Samsung, which has developed its own intelligent assistant called Bixby, may decide not to partner with Google in this initiative. For manufacturers, this means that Assistant could be used to launch specific features on a phone, even one from a third-party manufacturer like LG (which has already voiced its support for this initiative).

The search giant is also working with OEMs under Assistant Mobile OEM program to help smartphone makers to build deeper integrations between Assistant and mobile devices. Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone are all among the first wave of carriers to support the system. On that same note, the Google Assistant is also becoming multilingual later in the year.

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Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

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