Google’s AI-based Google Assistant to add more than 30 languages by year-end
Google announced its AI-based Google Assistant will support over 30 languages by the year-end, covering 95% of Android devices worldwide. It will soon become multilingual. This means users will be able to speak in more than one language. This feature will be helpful for people who speak their native language in their home, while they speak in a different language at their work or with other people.
The Assistant is already available in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil). Assistant is capable of understanding different languages, but for that, you have to configure your language selection in the app’s settings. The multilingual feature will make talking to Google Assistant more easy and natural.
Nick Fox, vice president of product, Google said,
In the next few months, we’ll bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones, and we’ll add more languages on more devices throughout the year. Further, he mentioned, 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. With this new feature, the Assistant will be able to understand you in multiple languages fluently. If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you. Multilingual will first be available in English, French and German, with support for more languages coming over time.
This will certainly give Google Assistant an advantage over Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, both having limited language support.
Google has been working on many fronts. Recently they announced that in new Google Chrome update users would be able to trim the junk attached to the end of a URL. Also, the new Google Chrome comes with an ad-blocking feature. Unwanted and annoying ads like pop-up ads, auto-playing ads and others would be blocked. This move is as per the standards set by Coalition for Better Ads.