Google announces better Assistant integration, multiple language support and more

Google on Friday announced that the routines feature it first tipped previous year will be rolling out to Assistant over the next week.

In a few months the tech giant's digital assistant will be able to help a broader range of people around the world by learning new languages, the company announced Friday.

Google has already pushed forward Google Assistant in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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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).

"The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide", Google VP of product Nick Fox said today in a blog post.

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Multilingual individuals won't have to pick just one language when using Google Assistant, either.

With the Assistant Mobile OEM program, OEMs can build deeper integrations between the device's features and Assistant, using natural language understanding and the conversational abilities of Assistant.

Google is also adding a new aspect to location-based reminders.

Google has partnered with Android phone makers LG, Sony, and Xiaomi initially, and it will start by making specific camera-related commands for these manufacturers. Microsoft Corp., for instance, recently launched a research initiative focused on enabling its rival Cortana service to carry out multistep commands even when they're not set up in advance like Google Assistant routines. 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". In addition, there will be all-new support for location-based reminders.

Google isn't relying exclusively on compatibility to make Google Assistant popular, as it says it's working with OEM partners to make it easier to integrate it with their devices.

Google's virtual assistant is now being offered to those who own the Next Cam IQ. Carriers that are already developing these capabilities include Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone. This new feature will help you take care of several tasks with a single command. For example, you can set a reminder to submit a report to your boss, and the Assistant will remind you when you get to work.

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