Google Assistant gets multitasking skills and support for 30 languages

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Google Assistant gets multitasking skills and support for 30 languages

Google has announced plans to bring a series of updates to Google Assistant.

The problems are dead obvious, but, at least when it comes to Google Assistant, things will drastically improve this year, as Google today announces that it's expanding the availability of the service to include over 30 languages - a huge increase over the eight it supports now. Now as we approach the largest mobile consumer event of the new year, Google Assistant is all geared up to be introduced to 30 more languages. Currently, changing the language of Assistant means changing the language of your entire Android operating system. If you speak German at work and French at home, your Assistant will be able to handle that.

Language is an area where Google lags behind Apple's Siri, which can already speak 20 languages (including Mandarin and Cantonese, which Google cannot) and in some cases several dialects of each - for example, Siri speaks nine English dialects.

In addition to phone manufacturers, Google is also working with wireless carriers to integrate their services with Assistant.

"You can already set reminders based on a location with the Assistant on your phone". With the use of new AI-dedicated chips, Google and these smartphone manufacturers will be able to create commands that will work for specific handset models. An Assistant Mobile OEM program will enable companies "to build deeper integrations between the Assistant and device features, using natural language understanding and the conversational interfaces of the Assistant". For example, say "Hey Google, I'm home" and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and more, all with just four words. Google has much more say in how its digital assistant is built into smartphones than Amazon does. Originally announced alongside the Pixel 2 phones previous year, 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".

The internet giant also said new Assistant integrations are coming to devices from LG, Sony, and Xiaomi as well as through carriers like Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone. And location-based reminders will ping your phone at the appropriate time when you tell your Google Home to do something like remind you to buy milk after work.

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