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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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Google Adding Special World Cup Features on its Search, Assistant

You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, “Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?” This also works in Google Search

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Keeping in line with the the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 action, Google on Wednesday introduced special features to its Search, Assistant to help people get all the important match updates.

Users can now explore the tournament table, stats and upcoming matches right by just typing “ICC Cricket World Cup” on Search in languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Urdu, the company said in a statement.

For people who would not be able to watch the match Live, Google would show short video clips of match highlights and allow people to read through live commentary in English and Hindi.

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

To keep track of all the matches, users would be allowed to pin real-time scores on their Android phone screens from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App, said the company.

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In addition, Google Assistant would also help users keep up with the World Cup action by answering questions like “Hey Google, when does India play next?”

You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, “Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?” This also works in Google Search. (IANS)