At the MWC Barcelona, Google today made some announcements regarding its assistant. Much of this is about support for KaiOS, the low-end feature phone operating system that Google invested in last year, and additional language support. Google is at the bottom of low-end phones Devices can benefit from a voice-assisted assistant because they often have smaller screens that make typing a problem. Google is now bringing the wizard for these KaiOS devices to users in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil. In addition, it also provides voice recognition for KaiOS, which allows users to enter text with their voice. This allows KaiOS users to easily answer their questions and use the wizard to enter all kinds of information.
"When you look at the emerging markets, we've seen that the number of assistants has multiplied by seven," said Behshad Behzadi of Google. "The main reason for this is that the language is really the simplest and most natural way to use your phone for the new users who are using this technology for the first time. This removes a technological barrier for these users. "
With today's launch, Google also supports the bilingual wizard for more languages. So you can seamlessly switch between two languages. So far, this only worked for English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian. Today, the company adds Korean, Hindi, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch to this list.
In addition, the assistant now speaks eight new display languages: Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu.
In addition to the new languages, Google also brings Android – Gos version – Google's version of what Amazon calls abilities in the Alex ecosystem – Android Go and KaiOS. Developers can now create these actions in 19 languages in 29 locales.
Google has also quietly introduced some other new wizard features today. In Europe, for example, you can now check in with your voice to Lufthansa, Swiss or Austrian Air flights. Your phone's assistant can now also control the Digital Wellbeing settings, such as: For example, your cooldown and Do Not Disturb mode (in English, German, and French). If you speak German or French, you now have several actions available to tell the assistant to perform more than one action at the same time ("What is the weather like in Munich and Bordeaux?"). This feature was previously only available in English.