Google Assistant is now bilingual!

Are you one of those people who pride themselves on being able to converse in more than one language fluently? Well, you got competition. And that too from none other than Google Assistant! Yes, believe it or not, Google Assistant has turned bilingual. Google, known for bringing innovation into its products, has done it again.

It was first announced by Google in February this year that the Google Assistant would support voice commands in multiple languages without having to manually change the settings. This promised feature is now a reality. This means that Google Assistant can understand and speak in at least two languages interchangeably. The Assitant will respond in the language used for the command.

The move recognizes the growing need for a device that supports multilingual households. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, Google revealed that this move is in sync with the company’s efforts to make the assistant become a more international service.

How does Google Assistant manage it?

Making the Assistant bilingual is anything but an easy task. When you normally use Google Assistant, it uses Speech Recognition in one language, creates the transcription for the command and takes action accordingly. The language you want to use is already set in the settings. As opposed to this, for the new bilingual feature, Google has come up with a new language identification model called LangID. This model is especially used in order to recognize more than one language.

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LangID starts running as soon as the Assistant detects speech. At the same time, the speech recognition also starts running. This is a clever move from Google so that there is no delay in the response time. Since both Language recognition and Speech recognition work at the same time, there is no perceptible delay in actioning a command even in the bilingual mode. After both recognition systems have done their job, the voice command is transcribed in the two languages which are pre-set in the software. There is a complex ranking algorithm at work that decides the language being used. Thus, the system comes up with the best transcription of the command. This command is then actioned by the Assistant.

An interesting point to note is that LangID does not just rely on the vocabulary used in order to identify the language. Rather, it also takes into account the frequency of the particular language used, the type of the device being used with that language, etc. to get the best transcription of the voice command. As we said, it is a pretty complex algorithm but seems like Google has been able to successfully implement it.

Which Languages are supported by Google Assistant?

Currently, Google Assistant can be set up to understand any two of the below languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Italian

According to Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google plans on adding more languages to the list in the coming months. If reports are to be believed, it will support thirty languages by the end of this year. Also, Google intends to develop algorithms to make the Assistant not just bilingual, but also multilingual in future. As it is, the software understands about fifteen languages so far. Work is in progress to enable the Assistant to understand more than one language without having to change the settings.

Google Duplex – An AI System for Accomplishing Real World Tasks

Google Duplex is the new conversational technology that the multinational has made known during the event. We are talking about a new tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows carrying out more natural conversations by telephone. Google Duplex which was presented by the company in the month of May during its developer conference became one of the most commented demos of the year so far.

Google Duplex

New concept: Google Duplex

Google Duplex – the new Google Assistant feature, which can tell people to make a reservation or an appointment. It has started making calls to some US companies as part of their first small-scale public test.

The company announced that the first tests of the assistant will be carried out with a small group of “reliable testers” and that there are already shops and businesses that will start receiving calls from Duplex.

Google Duplex

According to the portal, Google Assistant will call businesses to confirm hours of service. Later, Duplex will allow users to make restaurant reservations through it.

Its development is what makes Google Assistant generate experiences as realistic as the one that was announced in the following:

Google Duplex

# Demonstration:

The example not only shows to what extent they are betting on conversational technology but also reveals how successful the tone of the voice and the answers are in each of the phases of the reservation process.

# New Languages and Voices:

In order to exploit the tool to the fullest, Google has announced the integration of new languages. This way, the possibilities of technology expand and slow down one of the limitations that the assistant has had from the beginning.

In addition, now you can choose the voice you want the assistant to have. Among the list, users will find the voice of John Legend. The famous American singer has joined the Google revolution offering the voice for Assistant. On one side are the voices of Loquendo (A computer software company) that we have become familiar to during all these years.

Google Duplex

# Multiple Actions:

One of the limitations that Assistant not only faces but all the bots in the market is the inability to solve several actions at the same time. Now with the option Multiple Actions in Google Duplex, users can ask Assistant several things at once. Users can ask from turning on the TV to turn off the Air Conditioner, going through the search for any information.

# Total integration in Google Maps:

Although Assistant had hit the head in Google Maps so far, now it becomes the main character. This was announced by Jen Fitzpatrick and Lilian Rincon, Director of Product Management, during his speech at the meeting. As a result, from now on, requests can be made without releasing the steering wheel. It is more efficient and effective solution to the steering wheel that prevents drivers from losing sight of the steering wheel.

Google Duplex

# Educating the little ones in the house:

Google Assistant also seeks that the little ones use the different tools. To do this, it has launched Pretty Please, a new feature capable of detecting the voice of children and only work when they ask for their things by saying “Please”.

Isn’t it incredible!

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