Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 23:48 UTC

Android users are all around the world, so from the start, our goal has been to bring the Assistant to as many people, languages, and locations as possible. The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide. In the next few months, we’ll bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones, and we’ll add more languages on more devices throughout the year.

We’re also making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally to the Assistant. With this new feature, the Assistant will be able to understand you in multiple languages fluently. If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you. Multilingual will first be available in English, French and German, with support for more languages coming over time.

This is a decent improvement, but progress on the multilingual front is still quite slow. I understand this is a hard and difficult problem to solve, but if this issue was in any way related to increasing ad revenue, Google would've cracked it 5 years ago.

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I can never use it...
by leech on Sat 24th Feb 2018 17:33 UTC
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Maybe it's the fact that it listens to you all the time, and activates upon key words spoken, or that they don't give it a cool name. I've used Bixby a few times, but never am I going to say 'ok, google' Then again I don't use google to search things anymore either (haven't for many years), and use DDG for that purpose.

In fact if it weren't required to have a gmail account to own an Android phone, I wouldn't have one of those either...

But for the digital assistant thing, one would think making them all multi-lingual would have been a requirement from the beginning...

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