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Friday, February 23, 2018

Google Assistant to go more Multilingual

Given Google's considerable expertise in the space this could lead to some remarkable capabilities, see suggestions below and at link.   Here more about adding 20 languages, plus more on other advances planned for Google Assistant.  As we might have expected Google has more tricks up its sleeve in AI, conversational capabilities, and language.   Have one in test here, more reports to follow.

Multilingual Google Assistant to add more than 20 languages to its repertoire  in DigitalTrends

" .... At the moment, Google Assistant is available in eight languages, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil), and Google’s plans would see that total expand to over 30, with Google claiming that the coverage would increase to 95 percent of Android users. Since that’s a pool of 2 billion users, that’s a heady boast. Users can expect to see updates that add Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai in the coming months — on both Android and iPhone devices — while the rest of the planned updates will come throughout the rest of the year.

Other plans include the ability to make Google Assistant multilingual, so if you speak more than one language or live in a multilanguage household, then Google Assistant will soon be able to detect the language you’re speaking and respond quickly and fluidly. According to Google, it will be even able switch between languages for a single user, perfect for people who use different languages throughout the day, and also useful for anyone learning another language.    .... " 

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