Google Assistant bringing support for 30 languages

Google announced today that Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages by the end of 2018. According to the company, this will cover 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide.

For comparison, rival Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, currently supports 20 languages.

In the next few months, Google will bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones, and will add more languages on more devices throughout the year.

Later this year, Google Assistant will also be able to detect which language users are speaking, a feature that will surely be useful for those who are multilingual.

Previously, users would have to change languages in a device’s Android settings, limiting speech to one language at a time.

Later in the year, is launching the ‘Assistant Mobile OEM program’, which will enable OEMs to build deeper integrations between the Assistant and device features, using natural language understanding and the conversational interfaces of the Assistant.

“We’ve already been working with OEMs for more than a year and continue to work together so they can build device-specific commands with the Assistant, develop integration with hardware-based AI chips, ensure “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” work when the screen is off, and build other custom integrations. Coming soon, we’ll also have new integrations from LG, Sony Mobile and Xiaomi.”

In addition, an ‘Assistant Carrier program’ will belaunched helping mobile carriers use capabilities in the Assistant to give their customers more insight and control over their service. This includes helping people learn more about their plan, add new services (like international data roaming), get customer support and more.

“This gives carriers a new way to support their customers while reducing response time. Carriers Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone are already developing integrations with the Assistant, with more coming soon.”

Finally, Google has announced the launch of routines for Assistant. With the feature, users will be able to string together multiple actions with a single command, such as saying “OK Google, goodnight” to power down several devices at once.

For instance, once you’ve set up your preferences, when you say “Ok Google, let’s go home” your Assistant can update you about your commute, text your partner that you’re on your way and play your podcast where you left off. And when you get home, just say “Ok Google, I’m home,” and it will turn on the lights, adjust to your desired temperature and share your reminders.

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