Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Google Assistant gains new major features for users and developers

Google takes Assistant worldwide with new languages and custom phone integrations You will soon be able to converse with Google Assistant in Hindi
Frank Williams | 01 March, 2018, 12:31

On Friday, Google announced that Assistant would gain multilingual support, more languages, and Routines throughout 2018. "By the end of the year the Assistant will reach 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide, and Actions are a great way for you to reach those users to help them get things done easily over voice", writes Google product manager Brad Abrams in today's announcement. First up will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai, all of which should arrive by summer.

The company is also working with different OEMs under its Assistant Mobile OEM program to integrate Google Assistant more deeply into the smartphone ecosystem in line with the features of a particular device.

That's not the only news for Google Assistant today, though. The company has announced that the digital assistant has added even more languages and that more are on the way before the year is through.

Jacinda Ardern: 'creepy' interview with pregnant New Zealand PM sparks outrage
He spent time with Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford earlier this month to talk about the country's new leadership. Wooley also commented that Ardern is the most "attractive" politician he's ever met and said he was " smitten " by her.

We're also making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally to the Assistant. Google has also taken the wraps off of its deep app integration tools, so Assistant can do more with the apps we already use and love.

The concept is attractive - a developer can build out an Action through Assistant, and the result will be a link to any intent in the mobile app on your phone. With SpotHero, for example, users can purchase a parking reservation with Google Assistant and then move to the app to see more details about the reservation or redeem their spot. To do that, Google is opening up Actions to app developers, allowing them to deep-link into their software from Actions in the Assistant. 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. Expect more to be introduced as the Google Assistant SDK is out.

How nice would it be to walk through the front door and say "Hey Google, I'm home" to have the lights turn on, the thermostat set, and the TV turn on and fire up Netflix? Google has slayed with its Assistant in just about all modern Android devices with its smart AI.

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