JBL brings Google Assistant to new Everest GA wireless headphones

Posted September 02, 2018

The device has constantly picked up new languages, adding Swedish and Dutch over the summer, but it was previously only able to understand one language at a time.

Google has taken advantage of its appearance at IFA 2018 in Berlin to launch a bilingual version of its voice-controlled digital assistant as well as a high-end version of its Google Home speaker and a range of newly-compatible devices and appliances. When it arrives, it should work with the Assistant on both phones and Google Homes (as well as third-party Assistant-powered speakers, in all likelihood). Now, with the new dynamic, all you have to do is set up the two languages you want to use, and the wizard is always ready to identify each of them. This feature is only available on the Google Assistant.

Google's virtual assistant is the first among its competitors like Apple's Siri, Samsung's Bixby, Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana to be able to speak two languages at a time. That's basically all phones and smart speakers with the Assistant, but not the new smart displays, as they only support English right now.

In addition to supporting multiple languages, the assistant will use machine learning to enhance user experience.

It should be noted that Assistant only supports a handful of languages at the moment; English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and German, specifically.

Hey, Google will be speaking your language more like you do if you're a bilingual home.

"And on Google Home devices, you can now schedule Custom Routines for a specific day or time through the settings of your Google Assistant".

According to some Google Home subreddit users Google Home Routine now work in India, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

The Assistant is also making your home even smarter.

The idea is a bit of like an if-this-then-that approach for the Google Assistant, allowing you to create a routine based on your own phrase that does a bunch of other things.

You could essentially build a routine whereby all the lights switched on and speakers in your kids' rooms played death metal, while the kitchen played jazz, all to the command of "Hey Google, wake up the kids".