Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

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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. This means you could potentially check how much data you have left, or change your plan, using Assistant. These are workflows consisting of multiple actions that a user can chain together to better tailor Assistant for their habits.

Back in October of past year, Google officially announced that Google Assistant, the digital assistant that is getting baked into as many different devices as possible, would learn new Routines to help get tasks done faster. In addition to being multilingual, Google will also increase support for other languages from 8 to 30.

It's easy to get excited about new technologies when you're privileged to live in one of the handful of markets and speak one of the few languages that tech companies support. The extended support for 30 more languages would cover up 95 percent of all the Google Assistant supported devices out there. Here's what you can expect Google Assistant to be able to handle in the very near future. The former will build on the Assistant Routines that Google first announced previous year, effectively macros that will combine multiple actions together under a single command.

Location-based reminders are also coming to Google Assistant on smart speakers. First up will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai, all of which should arrive by summer. This feature will start with English, French and German, with support for more languages coming later.

"If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you", the post said. The first three OEMs working on this are Sony, Xiaomi, and LG (which has already announced its new Voice AI for the 2018 LG V30).

There's a lot more coming from Assistant and it will be exciting to see what else Google has planned.

Meanwhile, the Routines feature unveiled previous year is ready to roll out "in the coming weeks in the US", letting you use six routines to "help with your morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home". Carriers that are already developing these capabilities include Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone.

Specifically, Google Assistant is adding support for six routines aimed at tackling tasks in the morning as you're trying to get out the door, during your commute to and from work, and upon your arrival back at home.

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