Several Additions to Google Assistant Expected in the 'Coming Weeks'

Saturday, 24 Feb, 2018

The extended support for 30 more languages would cover up 95 percent of all the Google Assistant supported devices out there. If one person in a household speaks English, and another Spanish, the Google Assistant will be able to recognize both languages and converse in them. But if you speak Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish or Thai, get excited, because your Google Assistant will be able to respond to you by text in the next few months.

Google is announcing a bunch of forthcoming updates to Assistant today, but one arrives right away: routines, a feature announced back in October that'll allow Assistant to perform multiple actions at once from a single command you set up ahead of time.

Also new will be the ability for Assistant to integrate with your carrier so customers can "learn more about their plan, add new services (like global data roaming), get customer support and more". The company has stated that USA users will be getting Routines in the coming weeks, and that users around the world will be able to set location-based reminders right from their Google Home speakers, in preparation for when they go out.

Google is also bringing two new features to Assistant, the looooong awaited Routines which was announced past year, and Location based reminders. That way you can get your assistant to remind you to buy more eggs or bread while at the grocery store. Once enabled, you'll be able to simply speak to the Assistant for actions like launching a particular camera mode. This will be made possible through Google's new Assistant Mobile OEM program. Google Assistant can do many things from controlling your smart appliances to streaming audio, setting your alarm and more.

Routines could help Assistant become more useful for a broader group of users. You can read about Cortana, Alexa or Google Assistant, but, chances are, for many people that's where the fun ends. As a result, the personal assistant has been adopted by people from all around the world but there's still plenty of work to do to reach even more potential users.

The most notable addition is the introduction of what the company calls routines.

It's been almost a year since Google eased restrictions regarding what devices can use the Google Assistant.

Essentially, Google is trying to give Android phone makers similar tools, and says we should expect new tie-ins soon from LG, Sony, and Xiaomi. Sprint, Koodo, Telus, and Vodafone are already developing such integrations, and more partners will be announced soon.