The Google Assistant is going global - The Keyword

Feb 24, 2018, 04:58
The Google Assistant is going global - The Keyword

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.

Routines will be rolled out to Google Assistant users over the next few weeks, the post said. Carriers such as Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone are also working with Google on Assistant to offer carrier specific functions, for example, adding new features to your plan, contacting customer support and more.

Over the past year and a half, the Google Assistant has grown from being available on just one device in one language to across many types of devices, including speakers, phones, Android Auto and TVs, in many languages all around the world.

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"If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you", he wrote. This feature will first be available for English, French, and German, with support for more arriving "over time".

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

Non-Google handsets - that it, any Android which isn't a Google Pixel - will soon be able to hear the "hey Google" or "okay Google" command while their screens are off.

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Along with Routines, Google is also bringing location-based reminders to the Google Home. With Routines, you'll be able to use simple voice commands to accomplish all sorts of "routine" tasks.

At the moment most digital assistants support various languages.

Google Assistant had its coming out party at Mobile World Congress 2017 with the announcement that it was expanding beyond Google's own Pixel phones, and now it's ready to take on the world. Originally announced alongside the Pixel 2 phones a year ago, routines will let users combine multiple actions into a single command, like turning off the lights and lowering the thermostat when you say, "OK Google, good night".

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Amazon entered the smart display market with its Echo Show, while Google showed us during CES 2018 that it plans to do the same with Google Assistant and device manufacturers. For example, if you say "Hey Google, I'm home", you can set your Google Assistant to turn on the lights, repeat any reminders set for your return home from work, and play some relaxing music. 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. To kick things off, Google has partnered with LG, Sony, and Xiaomi.

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