Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone

Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone

So far that number stands at eight, but Google says that by the end of 2018 Assistant will understand more than 30, including Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai.

As Nick Fox, Vice President of Product at Google, notes in a recent blog post, the Google Assistant is now available in eight languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil).

Aside from those two new features, Google wants to make Assistant work better on third-party Android devices, and it wants to allow mobile carriers to tie their services into the platform to keep you more informed about the services that you consume. 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.

Last year, Google announced Routines, the Assistant's way of stringing different commands together that are activatable by using a single phrase of your choice.

Prior to the emergence of Google Assistant Routines, the My Day feature for a calendar rundown, traffic report, and latest news was the only multi-action feature available for Google Assistant.

For example, you could tell your Google Home device to remind you to buy milk when you're at the grocery store.

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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. On the Google Home smart speaker, the assistant can now be set to understand either English, French, German or Japanese.

Google has today announced a couple of new features and improvements for its Assistant during MWC 2018.

This isn't the only way that Google Assistant can multitask, however. Another feature coming to Assistant is called as the Routine.

This is the problem that Nick Fox, VP of Product at Google, aims to solve by adding support for over 30 languages.

Google's assistant already can be used to control Nest's cameras and internet-connected thermostat through its internet-connected speaker, Home, and smartphones running on its Android software. Perhaps more exciting, Google notes that "we'll also have new integrations from LG, Sony Mobile and Xiaomi". Additionally, Google announced the Assistant Mobile OEM program and the Assistant Carrier program. Initial partners include Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone with more coming soon.

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