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Here Comes the Bilingual Google Assistant

Google Assistant will also be built into new voice-activated speakers

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

Google Assistant will now be able to understand and speak more than one language at a time, the company announced on Friday.

With the annual tech show IFA 2018 kick-starting here, Google said that it is adding multi-lingual support to its Assistant.

“Currently, the Assistant can understand any pair of languages within English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. We’ll be expanding to more languages in the coming months,” Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, said in a blog post.

Google Assistant is expanding on more Android phones and headphones. Some of the latest flagship devices, including the LG G7 One, SHARP Simple Smartphone 4 and Vivo NEX S, now feature dedicated buttons to easily access the Assistant.

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Google on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“In addition, the new Xperia XZ3 from Sony and Blackberry Key 2 LE also take advantage of the shortcuts to trigger the Assistant,” said Bronstein.

Google Assistant will also be built into new voice-activated speakers.

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These include Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound 1 and Beosound 2, Blaupunkt’s PVA 100, Harman Kardon’s HK Citation series, Kygo’s Speaker B9-800, Polaroid’s Sam and Buddy and Marshall Acton II and Stanmore II.

“Expect these smart speakers and soundbars to roll out later this year in local European markets,” said Google. (IANS)

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Now, Google Assistant May Read Web Pages in 42 New Languages

The screen will also highlight the text that Assistant is currently reading so users can follow along on the page as it is being read out loud

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To use the feature, one can simply say: "Hey Google, read it" or "Hey Google, read this page" for the Assistant to read the text on the screen. Pixabay

Search engine giant Google has started rolling out its article-reading feature ‘Read Out Loud’, which works with 42 languages, to all the Android smartphone users across the globe.

“With Google Assistant, your browser can now read web articles out loud. Whenever a web article is displayed on your browser in your Android phone, you can say, “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” it will immediately read aloud the content of the web page,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

To use the feature, one can simply say: “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” for the Assistant to read the text on the screen.

The screen will also highlight the text that Assistant is currently reading so users can follow along on the page as it is being read out loud.

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Search engine giant Google has started rolling out its article-reading feature ‘Read Out Loud’, which works with 42 languages, to all the Android smartphone users across the globe. Pixabay

One can also alter the reading speed and choose from multiple voices.

“You can use the translation menu to select the desired language, and all pages will be automatically translated and read out in that language,” the company added.

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The feature is rolling out now and will be available to all Android devices running Android 5.0 or above. (IANS)

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OnePlus Plans To Make Google Assistant Ambient Mode Available on All its Smartphones

The new feature for all Android phones was released by Google a few months ago and the rollout, in stages, might take up to a week

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The smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Google to bring Ambient Mode to the OnePlus 3 from 2016 and newer devices. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker OnePlus has announced that the Ambient Mode for Google Assistant will soon be available on its phones.

The smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Google to bring Ambient Mode to the OnePlus 3 from 2016 and newer devices, 9to5Google reported on Tuesday.

The new feature for all Android phones was released by Google a few months ago and the rollout, in stages, might take up to a week.

The ambient mode will give a Smart Display-like experience to smartphones or tablets. With this mode, the handsets will provide information about calendar, dates, reminders, music, smart home controls, weather scenarios, and more, that one can see in a smart display device.

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Chinese handset maker OnePlus has announced that the Ambient Mode for Google Assistant will soon be available on its phones. Wikimedia Commons

The mode can also be used to showcase an image slideshow direct from Google Photos on smartphones.

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To activate the feature, a user needs to open the Google app on their smartphone and go to More > Settings > Google Assistant > Assistant tab > Phone > Ambient mode. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Rolls out Interpreter Mode for Smartphones

Google Assistant's interpreter mode comes to smartphones

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Google Assistant rolls out interpreter mode for Android and iOS devices. Pixabay

Interpreter mode, the real-time translation tool is now rolling out to Assistant for Android and iOS users.

Now, by just using a smartphone can have a back and forth conversation with someone speaking a foreign language.

Google says it will work with 44 languages and can be invoked by saying commands like “Hey Google, help me speak Thai” or “Hey Google, be my German translator.”

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To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app. Pixabay

“To get started, just say “Hey Google, be my German translator” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and you’ll see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking-which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless,” Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a statement on Thursday.

To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Interpreter mode also features different ways to communicate suited to the users situation: one can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.

To recall, back in January at CES, Google announced an Interpreter Mode for Smart Displays and speakers. (IANS)