Google I/O keynote had a plethora of announcements about its in-house Google Assistant. We already told you the platform would be available with limited functionality on iOS, but on Android, it will bloom in all its glory – you will be able to buy stuff, and you can talk to it in other languages.
This summer Google Assistant will be able to detect and respond in French, German, Portuguese and Japanese and by the end of the year Italian, Spanish and Korean would also be available. This update will come to over 100 million devices, Google said. The number represents the currently active phones with the assistant, so surely theyll massively grow by the end of the year.
Google Assistant will also assist you with shopping and ordering food – you just talk to it like at Google Home, select the type of payment from your saved wallet and finally authenticate with the fingerprint.
Until now, the Assistant was working on its own. Today Google announced the AI platform would work with third party apps and actions created for Google Home will also be available for Google Assistant. The company demoed ordering delivery from Panera, including the complete process and payment.
And if you dont want to talk to Google Assistant, youll be able to type out your commands or questions to Google Assistant. Opening the app, youll see a little keyboard button, though the voice option would still be available. When you type in something, Assistant will also keep it quiet.
It might look like Google Search, but thanks to the new features, you can, for example, order a pizza for a boring meeting and make it productive again.