Google Assistant to gain 30 languages, multilingual support

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Hiroshi Lockheimer Senior Vice President Platforms & Ecosystems

Ahead of MWC, the company has confirmed that by year's end it will be available in more than 30 languages (up from eight).

Google says that the Assistant will be available to "Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai" speakers in the next couple of months, with more languages set to be supported throughout 2018.

What's more, Google Assistant will become multilingual later this year, which means you'll be able to speak to it in multiple languages without altering a setting every time you want to switch.

Google Assistant will also include multilingual capacity "so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally" to the program. This will allow users to fluently speak to the Assistant in multiple languages on the fly, and it'll first work with English, German, and French.

So when you walk into your home and say, "Hey, Google, I'm home", the digital assistant cannot only turn on the lights, but also start playing music, share some important reminders, and more.

Location-based reminders are coming to Google Assistant on speakers, they were already supported on phones.

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

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. It's hard to tell exactly who's in the lead, but it's very close between Amazon and Google, and Google is smart to leverage its advantage with Android to expand Assistant's reach.

Device-specific Assistant commands to launch custom hardware and software features.

Lastly, with the Assistant Carrier program, mobile carriers will be able to provide customers with more information on their services via Assistant.

Additionally, Google announced that Assistant will receive a massive language update soon. And google says that new integrations are coming from LG, Xiaomi and Sony. 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. Google says that offering 30 different languages covers 95 percent of Android users, so while they don't plan to stop at only 30 languages, that's a good place to aim. Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone are already developing such integrations, and more partners will be announced soon.

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