News You Might Have Missed: Week of August 31, 2018

on August 31, 2018
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Google Assistant is Now Bilingual

From Thursday this week, Google Assistant is bilingual. Users can jump between two different languages across queries, without having to go back to their language settings. Once users select two of the supported languages, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese, from there on out they can speak to the Assistant in either language and the Assistant will respond in kind. Previously, users had to choose a single language setting for the Assistant, changing their settings each time they wanted to use another language, but now, it’s a simple, hands-free experience for multilingual households. Getting this to work, however, was not a simple, said Google. In fact, this was a multi-year effort that involved solving a lot of problems that can be grouped in three areas: Identifying Multiple Languages, Understanding Multiple Languages and Optimizing Multilingual Recognition for Google Assistant users. Google said to be working to teach the Google Assistant how to process more than two languages simultaneously.

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