Google Assistant to expand to 38 more countries, add 17 languages this year

Google Assistant to expand to 38 more countries, add 17 languages this year
Do people in countries that support Google Assistant take the virtual personal helper for granted? After all, there are many countries where Google Assistant is not yet available. At the Digital News Initiative Summit that took place in Amsterdam, Google reportedly announced that it will be launching its digital assistant in 38 new countries this year. That will bring to 52 the number of countries that support Google Assistant.

The countries that will receive the virtual digital sidekick include Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Saudi Arabia and more. In addition to rolling out to more locations, Google Assistant will also be learning 17 new languages. Some of these linguistic additions will be Russian, Arabic, Dutch and Indian.

Currently, the virtual assistant speaks English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. It is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We don't know exactly when Google Assistant will be introduced in the new countries, and when it will start supporting the new languages. Google allegedly revealed a slide at the DNI Summit that showed a map of its expansion plans. A journalist who attended the summit disseminated a tweet, which included a picture of the slide. You can see that photo at the top of this story. Countries in blue currently have Google Assistant, while those in white will get it before the end of the year.

With Assistant in place in these new countries, Google hopes to increase sales of its Google Home series of smart speakers. These devices lean heavily on Google Assistant to handle owner's requests to enable and disable smart appliances, stream music, hear weather forecasts and news briefs, receive stock prices and sports scores, order a ride or a pizza (depending on the market) and much more.

source: @elger via wccftech

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5 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

That doesn't add up. Then all of Africa will be covered this year, which I do not think will happen. Unfortunately I live in the very small country of Denmark, and it is also white, so no language coverage this year either.....

2. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Finally support for my country (Netherlands)

3. souvikroy1111

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Never knew there was "Indian" language

4. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

And sure enough Greece is white. A local tech company in Thessaloniki has mastered Greek voice recognition but Google can't.

5. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

No such thing as "Indian" language.

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