Back in October of last year, Google officially announced that Google Assistant, the digital assistant that is getting baked into as many different devices as possible, would learn new Routines to help get tasks done faster.
Today Google announced that Routines are coming soon. Google says it is adding support for six Routines to start, and users can take a crack at them beginning next week. What this means is that users will be able to have Assistant handle a handful of separate tasks with a single command.
So when you walk into your home and say, “Hey, Google, I’m home”, the digital assistant can not only turn on the lights, but also start playing music, share some important reminders, and more.
Location-based reminders are also coming to Google Assistant on smart speakers. So if you tell Google Home that you need to be reminded to get some milk when you get to the grocery store and swing into the parking lot, Assistant should let you know on your phone that you need to pick up some milk.
If that isn’t enough, Google also announced that it is working with hardware manufacturers and wireless carriers to get even more Assistant integration out there in the wild. For manufacturers, this means that Assistant could be used to launch specific features on a phone, even one from a third-party manufacturer like LG (which has already voiced its support for this initiative). So you could tell Assistant to launch the camera in a specific filter, rather than having to launch the app yourself and find the filter you want.
As for the carrier integration, it could mean that you can ask Google Assistant how much data remains on your monthly allotment, or other carrier-specific queries of that ilk.
Finally, language support. Google announced that Assistant will offer support for 30 languages by the end of 2018. When it launched, it only supported one — English — and right now the digital assistant supports Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Google says that offering 30 different languages covers 95 percent of Android users, so while they don’t plan to stop at only 30 languages, that’s a good place to aim.
Multilingual individuals won’t have to pick just one language when using Google Assistant, either. So if you speak more than one of the supported languages, you will be able to switch back and forth and Assistant should be able to keep up with you.
What do you think of Assistant’s new changes?