Google Assistant's 'Routines' Will Roll Out in the Coming Weeks

The Google Home Mini.                  Chris Monroe  CNET

The Google Home Mini. Chris Monroe CNET

Wireless carriers can also tie into Google Assistant so that customers can ask about data use, adjust their service plans, and request customer service.

Google has today announced a couple of new features and improvements for its Assistant during MWC 2018.

Currently, the Assistant is available in eight languages. First up will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi (which is sort of working already), Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai, which will roll out in the "next few months", but others (Arabic is likely in that category) are slated for later in the year.

If you find yourself using Google Assistant on your Android BlackBerry a lot but wish that it did more, Google has now announced a ton of new improvements that will be coming throughout the year including new languages, multilingual support, improved location reminders, and more! "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".

If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you.

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As for location-based reminders, that's spreading from the Assistant on the phone to the Google Home and other smart speakers running Google's platform.

This is the problem that Nick Fox, VP of Product at Google, aims to solve by adding support for over 30 languages.

According to a new report from The Verge, Google has laid out some new plans to improve the Assistant just in time for Mobile World Congress, and they extend far beyond just teaching it more languages. 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.

Google will also be using 2018 to double-down on its Assistant Mobile OEM program. In the coming weeks, the Google Assistant will be able to perform six routines that help with starting the day, commuting to and from work and an evening at home. Expect to see such integrations from LG, Sony, and Xiaomi soon. Initial partners include Sprint, Koodo, Telus and Vodafone with more coming soon.

The Archos Hello is powered by the Google Assistant although it's not as powerful. Importantly it's cross-device capable: you can tell your Google Home to remind you to call the insurance company when you get to work, and the Assistant on your phone will flag that up when you get to the office.

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