Google Assistant to get multiple new languages, distribution and skills

Google is further ramping up the distribution, scale and capabilities of its Assistant. It’s adding languages, handsets, carriers and some new cross-device tricks.

Against the backdrop of intensifying smart speaker competition with Amazon and Apple, Google is taking its Assistant from eight languages to 30 by the end of 2018. In a blog post the company said that will mean the Assistant reaches 95 percent of Android phones around the world. Previously Google reported that the Assistant is on 400 million devices globally.

The first crop of new languages introduced will be Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish…

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