Google Assistant is about to get smarter as Google is set to add location-based reminders to the app for Android smartphones. Google first made the announcement sometimes last year. The feature, according to the company, will help you organize and carry out multiple tasks at once with a single voice command.
According to Softpedia, Google worked in close relation with phone manufacturers and carrier to bring deeper integration for its powerful personal assistant.
Google intends to achieve this by announcing an Assistant Mobile OEM program in the next couple of months. This will allow phone makers to build deeper integration of the Google Assistant into their devices. What this means is that Android phones made in the future will have device-specific commands as well as other custom features. Already, phone makers like Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, and LG are among the first set to add the changes.
“You can already set reminders based on a location with the Assistant on your phone. In the coming weeks, you’ll also be able to set them with your speaker. Want to make sure you pick up the milk at the grocery store? All you have to do is ask the Assistant on your smart speaker, like Google Home—and when you get to the store, the Assistant on your phone will remind you,” Google said in a blog post.
Routines—is another feature announced by Google on Friday, and is designed to you get multiple tasks done with a single command. Users in the US will be able to use six routines that help them with their morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home. “For example, say “Hey Google, I’m home” and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and more, all with just four words,” Google adds.
Going global with addition of 30 more languages…
Google has also announced the addition of 30 more languages to its powerful assistant. The company said its dream has always been to bring the assistant to as many people as possible globally. Adding 30 additional languages to Google Assistant will bring the total number to 38. By the end of the year, the languages would have covered 95 percent of eligible Android devices across the globe.
“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.”
By the turn of the year, Google said it would have made the assistant multilingual, making it even more useful for individuals and families that speak more than one language because they can speak naturally to the Assistant. The multilingual feature will first be available in English, French and German; with more languages set to be added with time.