Virtual Assistants go bilingual

Most people on Earth can speak two or more languages, but voice-operated virtual assistants have always forced them to pick and use just one—at least until today.

Google Assistant is now the first multilingual virtual assistant

Users can specify that they want listening done in two languages in the app’s settings on their phone or Google Home smart speaker. Then, a person can call out requests or commands in either language. Yell “Hey Google, turn off the hallway light!” as you walk out the house, and darkness will fall. “¡Hey Google, apaga la luz del pasillo!” will work too.

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