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Google Assistant is now bilingual and has new Chromecast abilities

02 September, 2018, 11:39 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Along side that accomplice push, the firm is asserting a modern feature for Google Assistant: it's bilingual now. At MWC 2018, Google framed the functionality as a way to help Assistant become a more global service with users able to essentially set two default languages, and bilingual support helps the growing number of multilingual households by making smart speakers accessible to everyone.

Currently, the Assistant can understand any pair of languages within English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. Right now you can't (not without manually changing your language each time you switch between them) but Google claims that it plans to add more languages in the coming months, so yours might come soon.

"Getting this to work, however, was not a simple feat".

Custom routines allow you to build your own routines around things you do, you can set one up for dinner time and have Google Assistant turn off the TV, send a broadcast to all your Google Home devices saying 'Dinners ready!' and then put on your favourite music.


Google announced the new feature during IFA 2018, the major tech show in Berlin.

Google has announced a new feature for Google Assistant: it's now bilingual.

This past week, Google updated the assistant with the ability to deliver a daily dose of good news to users in the US. Unfortunately, up till now, you've only been able to use those languages one at a time - a hassle for anyone in a household of multiple languages. For example, instead of having to say a long command like "Hey Google, play Stranger Things on Living Room TV", you can just say "Hey Google, play Stranger Things" if you've already set your Chromecast to default to a specific TV. Previously, users had to choose a single language setting. These voice-activated speakers and soundbars are scheduled for release later this year in several European markets.

For its push into Europe, Google announced Thursday that the Google Home Max is now available in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

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