Google Assistant to gain 30 languages, multilingual support

Later this year Google Assistant will receive multilingual support, so families that speak multiple languages can talk to the Assistant more naturally.

The first crop of new languages introduced will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai. Other languages to be supported weren't detailed by Google.

Google also said Friday that starting over the next week, the company is adding two new features to the assistant: routines and location-based reminders. "Multilingual" capabilities are coming in English, French and German first, allowing you to switch between the three at any time without fear of running into a language barrier with your Google Assistant. What this means is that users will be able to have Assistant handle a handful of separate tasks with a single command. Once home, simply say, "Ok Google, I'm home", and it'll adjust the temperature of your connected thermostat, share reminders, turn on the lights and more. The example Google offers is a shopping list compiled on Google Home at home, triggered on the phone by arrival at the grocery store.

Google has announced several new updates to its voice assistant which will roll out throughout this year.

Today Google announced that Routines are coming soon. The objective of this is to allow manufacturers to create better integrations with the Assistant into their phones, including things like device-specific commands and ensuring the Assistant responds even when your phone's screen is off.

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The assistant is only supposed to be activated with keywords such as "OK, Google", although there have been instances when the Home speaker has been caught listening when it was supposed to be turned off.

It's easy to get excited about new technologies when you're privileged to live in one of the handful of markets and speak one of the few languages that tech companies support. Also, the Assistant Carrier program will help users be able to get information about the mobile plan directly from Assistant.

If that isn't enough, Google also announced that it is working with hardware manufacturers and wireless carriers to get even more Assistant integration out there in the wild. Expect to see such integrations from LG, Sony, and Xiaomi soon. According to the post, manufacturers will be able to more deeply integrate Assistant with their products and take advantage of its language capabilities.

Initial participating carriers include Vodafone, Sprint and Telus.

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