Google’s Assistant has become the first service of its kind to gain bilingual abilities. At the moment, you can talk to it in any combination of English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese, while more languages are going to be supported for this new feature “in the coming months”.
The company’s demos show full sentences spoken in each language, to which the Assistant responds appropriately. So it seems like you can’t mix and match languages within the same request you make to it, but this is still quite the technical accomplishment, part of Google’s multi-year effort to make conversations with the Assistant more natural.
For those of you who constantly use two languages, there’s no need to go into the Assistant’s settings and switch between them. The feature works on smart speakers and phones.
In other Google Assistant news, the Google Home Max speaker is available today in Germany, the UK, and France. The Assistant is also built into new voice-activated speakers, like the Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 and Beosound 2, Blaupunkt PVA 100, Harman Kardon HK Citation series, Kygo Speaker B9-800, Polaroid Sam and Buddy, and Marshall Acton II and Stanmore II.
Furthermore, you can find it in the upcoming JBL Link View and LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 smart displays, following Lenovo’s device which is already out. Finally, new Assistant-enabled headphones are on the way: JBL Everest GA, LG Tone Platinum, and Earin M-2.