Google Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages by the end of 2018, the company has announced. It will expand to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai in the “next few months”.
More devices & languages in 2018
Google Assistant has been expanded from a few mobile devices to a range of devices, including TVs in the US. In 2018 and beyond, Google and partners are aiming to make it more widely available..
- “Over the past year and a half, the Google Assistant has grown from being available on just one device in one language to across many types of devices, including speakers, phones, Android Auto and TVs, in many languages all around the world,” the company said.
Besides smartphones, Google Assistant is integrated in Android TVs, Chromecasts, and connected speakers. On a TV you can use it to search for new content, control connected home devices, and more.
By the end of the year, Google Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages, Google has announced at MWC. Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai will be added first.
- “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. 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.”
Multilingual & routines
Starting this week, Google will roll out “routines”, which can help you accomplish multiple tasks with a single voice command. On a TV, this would allow you to set up a routine to dim the lights and turn up the audio volume whenever you watch a movie – or something entirely else.
Later this year, Google Assistant will be multilingual, meaning that it will be capable of understanding more than one language without you changing the settings. It will initially work with English, French and German, “with support for more languages coming over time.”
Google Assistant is also coming to LG’s 2018 TV. Sony and Panasonic have opted to support both Alexa and Google Assistant, whereas Samsung will roll out its Bixby voice assistant.