Google's AI smart speakers can now understand TWO languages at once

Google Assistant will now be able to understand and speak more than one language at a time, the company announced on Friday.

You can now speak two languages interchangeably with your Google Assistant.

The Smart Speaker war rages on between Google and Amazon, but it's become more competetive now that Apple and Samsung have also thrown their hats in the ring. But up until now, users could interact with the virtual digital assistant only in one language. Previously, users had to choose a single language setting.

To put it simply, you can say- "Hey Google, play songs by Ed Sheeran"- and the Google Assistant on your Google Home smart speaker will start playing the music immediately after.

Now, Google's announced that the Google Assistant is officially bilingual starting today. Google will grow that list to include more languages "in the coming months". With that in place, the company's researchers then had to build a system that could turn spoken queries into actionable results in all supported languages. Though some might say that adding bilingual support to Google Assistant could certainly use some time on stage.

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While great on paper, the feature does require users to select two supported languages and at least at launch, the range isn't exactly large with support for only English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese.

For its push into Europe, Google announced Thursday that the Google Home Max is now available in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

The Google Assistant is expanding on more Android phones and headphones, helping you when you're on the go. Smart Displays also come integrated with all your favourite Google products services like Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos and YouTube.

Google's voice-activated AI Assistant can control a number of smart devices in the home via simple instructions (pictured). So, it just seems like that it's not possible to mix and match languages within the same request you make to it.

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