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Google Assistant to Undergo Several Updates This Year

Google AssistantThe Google Assistant will undergo upgrades throughout the year, including the addition of more languages “reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide,” according to a blog post by Google vice president of product Nick Fox.

(Read: 28 Ways Google Assistant Can Make You More Efficient)

The announcement came as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – the mobile industry’s biggest annual event – kicks off in Barcelona on Monday.


The first upgrade rolled out last Friday was Routines, which was introduced during the Pixel event in October last year.

By syncing other devices to the Assistant, a user would be able to get multiple tasks done with a single command or phrase.

In the coming weeks in the U.S., you’ll be able to use six routines that help with your morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home. For example, say ‘Hey Google, I’m home,’ and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and more, all with just four words,” Fox said.

Google said during the introduction of Routines that Google Assistant will work with more than 1,000 smart home products from over 100 brands.

Other Upcoming Features

The Assistant will also have location-based reminders for users. For example, a user can tell Assistant to remind him or her to buy milk when he or she gets to a store, and the user would get the reminder on the mobile phone.

Also, the Assistant would have more than 30 languages. At present, the smart speaker is available in eight languages.

Google is also working with device makers to integrate the capabilities of the Assistant on Android phones, including helping mobile phone users learn more about their plan, add services, and easily get customer support.

What’s Next?

Google has announced that the Assistant would undergo upgrades or have new features that would be introduced during the year.

(Read: Chromebooks May Soon Have Google Assistant Standard)

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