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Google Assistant gains support for more languages, new developer features

Developers can now create apps that use Google Assistant in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Indian English.

Published onNovember 15, 2017

Google Assistant is going to be more helpful for its users, thanks to a new series of updates for the digital companion. One of the biggest will be on the developer side. Creators will be able to make apps that use Google Assistant in  Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Indian English. The idea is that expanding the language support will allow more users to find apps they want to check out.

Speaking of which, the app directory for Assistant will add “What’s new” and “What’s trending” sections, allowing users to stay informed on the latest new and popular apps. Sub-categories will also be added to the app directory, which means users will be able to quickly find, say, the best food and drink apps, or the best travel apps. Also, family-friendly apps will get a “For Families” badge in the Google Assistant app directory.

A new feature called Implicit Discovery will help users say things to Google Assistant in more natural-sounding commands in order to launch actions in apps, without having to actually name the app itself. For example, if you tell Google Assistant, “Get me a rental car”, it might launch the Enterprise app to get that started since the digital assistant will know that is what you meant to launch.

The company is rolling out an API to developers that will allow apps to begin a Google Assistant conversation on Google Home, and then end it on a smartphone. This could be handy in cases like confirming a purchase. Those are actually just a few of the new features for Google Assistant developers that are being rolled out, and you can check out the entire list at the company’s blog post linked below.

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