Google Home Speaker adds a bilingual Google Assistant feature. (Photo: Google)

Hello, Google speaks your language more like you do if you are a bilingual home.

The Voice Activated Google Assistant in Google Home Smart Speakers, Android Smartphones, and iPhones will also be able to recognize questions made in all connections in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese, with multiple languages ​​to follow, and assume that it seems promised, it will respond to requests in the language used for the question.

The new feature, as Google claims as a first of its kind, began rolling out Thursday. .

As Google explains, if you are looking for an answer in English, ask something in line with "Hello Google, what's the weather today?" If you want to hear music from a favorite German hip-hop band, ask "Hello Google, Spiele die Fantastischen Vier."

You need to set up the pair of supported languages ​​you want to speak in advance. (To do so, go to Assistant Settings, select Preferences, then Assistant Languages, and select the two languages ​​you want to pair.) After the initial setup, you do not need to enter language settings every time you vote a question unless You want to change your language pair. Prior to the introduction of this new feature, you must go to settings whenever you want the assistant to recognize and answer a given language.

The Multilingual Challenge

Multilingual support has been a highly sought after feature, says Google, and something the company has been working for years. Progress in speech recognition, artificial intelligence and neural networks make it possible now.

Little Background: People can recognize when someone speaks another language, even though they do not speak the language themselves, just by listening to the acoustics of the sound (intonation, phonetics, etc.). Getting a similar language recognition frame for computers has not been easy. Imagine that for a computer to understand more than one language at a time, multiple processes must run in parallel. Each produces incremental results, says Google, so the assistant can not only identify the language where the query is being spoken, but also analyze the query into action.

Google provided this example in a corporate blog: "Although a language-speaking environment, if a user requests to" set an alarm before 18:00 ", the Google Assistant must understand that" enter alarm "means opening at the time of the app , fulfills the explicit parameter "18:00" and additionally, the introduction makes the alarm set for today. To do this work for a few languages, add only the complexity.

Currently, you are limited to the bilingual connections as mentioned above, although Google also hopes to expand the feature of three-language families.

(As a reference, Google Assistant speaks about 20 different languages ​​these days on phones.)

Meanwhile, there is a possible solution for people who have Google Home speakers in a shared environment where multiple languages ​​are spoken. Each user in the house can set their own account on the speaker and then select a unique pairing of the six supported languages.

The multilingual e function works on all Google Assistant compatible devices that support the compatible languages. Since the latest Google Smart Display speakers with a display only support English at the moment, it is raining them for now.

To see how the new feature works in practice, Google created this promotional video. [19659017]

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