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Google Assistant coming to Android Messages, expanding multilanguage support

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

Google is expanding its personal assistant software to its stock Android messaging software and with support for more language pairings.

Google Assistant, the search engine giant's answer to digital assistant solutions such as Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Cortana, will soon be available to use in Google Messages. By long pressing the Home button with the Messages app open on your phone, you can use Assistant to aid in looking things up quickly. In addition to this, the phone-based AI will scan your messages for topics brought up including movies, restaurants, and the weather.

Google Allo may recognize these Messages features, especially the AI-driven suggestions, as they were a feature of the soon-to-be-shut-down messaging service.

In addition to this, more languages will now support bilingual use, allowing users to switch between any pair of the following 12 languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

According to the official blog post covering these announcements, Google Assistant's rollout to Android Messages is set to happen "over the coming months for English users around the globe," with support for more languages in the app not given a time table.

Further coverage: Google Blog 9to5Google (1 | 2) Engadget The Verge (1 | 2) VentureBeat

  • FreeProprietary
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad
  • Android Wear
  • KaiOS

Google Assistant is a virtual personal assistant developed by Google and announced at its developer conference in May 2016. Unlike Google Now, Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations.