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Google Assistant 'Routines' Feature Arriving Soon

24 February, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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Android users are all around the world, so from the start, our goal has been to bring the Assistant to as many people, languages, and locations as possible. Nest originally promised Google Assistant for the Cam IQ back in September, when it launched the outdoor version of the camera alongside a new video doorbell and home security system. And by on the road, we mean that Google has plans to make Assistant available to consumers all around the world.

Google has already pushed forward Google Assistant in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. While the capabilities were first unveiled in 2017, Google announced the availability of Routines in a Friday blog post.

As Nick Fox, Vice President of Product at Google, notes in a recent blog post, the Google Assistant is now available in eight languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil).

Google Assistant will be available in over 30 languages by the end of the year, which is a considerable step up from the current 8 languages.

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The program allows device makers to build deeper integrations between the Assistant and device features.

Location-based reminders are coming to Google Assistant on speakers, they were already supported on phones. The first three OEMs working on this are Sony, Xiaomi, and LG (which has already announced its new Voice AI for the 2018 LG V30).

The language support will also expand so you can speak multiple languages to your Assistant, making way for multi-lingual speakers to address the Assistant in the language they feel comfortable with at that moment - say, French at work and English at home, or any other combination. It's called "routines". The feature will allow users to configure multiple actions into a single command. This is an expansion of what Google has been helping OEMs with over the past year in creating device-specific commands with the Assistant. Some other big features coming to Google Assistant will actually be added "over the next week". Starting over the next week, we're adding two new features that help you use the Assistant across all the devices in your life. With Routines, you can create personalized commands and responses - for example, saying "OK Google, I'm home", could turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and play some music. All you have to do is ask the Assistant on your smart speaker, like Google Home-and when you get to the store, the Assistant on your phone will remind you.


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