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

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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RE: I can never use it...
by ahferroin7 on Mon 26th Feb 2018 14:26 UTC in reply to "I can never use it..."
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Personally, I think this insistence on naming voice assistants in an effort to humanize them is a bad idea. I don't want to have to say half a dozen different things walking into a random room to just get the smart switch to turn on the lights. Google at least isn't trying to sound more like it's a person you're talking to when you give it a command, but as far as I'm concerned 'OK Google' is just as bad as any of the other predefined trigger phrases out there.

The whole tech industry doesn't seem to understand why the voice interface for computers in Star Trek (which had a not insignificant influence on early designs) is such a great thing. It's not because of what it can do, it's because the interface absolutely consistent. Even ignoring the universal translator being involved, the trigger phrase translates trivially across all languages and is the same regardless of who made the system.

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