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Google Assistant to gain support for 17 languages, expand to 38 more countries this year

By the end of 2018, Google Assistant will support 25 global languages.

  • Published: February 19, 2018 9:51 AM IST

The Google Assistant has now become an important part of Android smartphones, and also the Google Home smart speakers. It enables you to do simple things such as ask weather updates, set an alarm or text someone, with simple voice commands. While the voice assistant is available in a handful of countries, with limited language support, that’s about to change by the end of 2018.

At the Digital News Initiative (DNI) summit in Amsterdam last week, Google announced that it will be expanding the Assistant in 30 more countries by the end of 2018. The company also announced that the Assistant will support 17 new languages, along with more local linguistic additions, including Indian, Dutch, Russian and Arabic.

A slide from the presentation recently surfaced online, courtesy of Twitter user @elgar, detailing the list of countries the Google Assistant will be expanding to. Some of these countries include Netherlands, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Russia among others. With this gradual expansion, Google Assistant will be available in a total of 52 countries.

As of now, Google Assistant is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Canada, India and Australia, and speaks English, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French. However, there is no timeframe as to when the rollout will begin, and when the support for new languages will start.

With the expansion of Google Assistant and by supporting more languages, the search giant will be hoping to get its Google Home smart speakers in more countries, and thus increase sales too. These devices completely rely on Google Assistant to enable and disable smart appliances, stream content, offer news brief and weather forecasts, order a pizza, book a cab ride and more.

  • Published Date: February 19, 2018 9:51 AM IST