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March 22 2018, 05:57 | Alexander Lowe
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By the end of the year, however, it'll be available in more than 30 languages including Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian and Swedish, effectively blanketing 95 percent of all eligible Androidphones worldwide.
Assistant is also becoming "multilingual", which should be helpful for individuals and families who'd like to speak more than one language around the software.
Google has already pushed forward Google Assistant in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. This way, if you speak English at home, but German in the office, the virtual assistant will be able to understand you in both locations. However Google is making some changes that will help make things more efficient for multilingual Google Assistant users.
Non-Google handsets - that it, any Android which isn't a Google Pixel - will soon be able to hear the "hey Google" or "okay Google" command while their screens are off.
Location-based reminders, already available on Google Assistant for phones, allow users to set notifications based on their physical location. Starting over the next week, we're adding two new features that help you use the Assistant across all the devices in your life.
That's pretty cool and, hopefully, this should make Google Assistant much more useful in a wider range of situations, not just when you're walking to your office in San Francisco or roaming the streets of London with the phone in your hand asking "When's my next flight?" in flawless English.
In addition to a whole bunch of new languages, which we knew were coming, Google Assistant is also getting other upgrades meant to consolidate its "ecosystem approach" on mobile devices. You can now set location-based reminders on your phone with the Assistant, but in the next few weeks, you'll be able to do the same with a smart speaker like Google Home.
Last year, Google announced Routines, the Assistant's way of stringing different commands together that are activatable by using a single phrase of your choice. This Assistant Mobile OEM program has been in the works since MWC previous year, apparently. For example, on your Google Home, tell Assistant that you want to pick up some bread at the supermarket. 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".