Meet your bilingual Google Assistant, and get help with Routines

Your Google Assistant now understands and speaks more than one language at a time – and is becoming more useful with custom and scheduled routines. 

With the Google Assistant, it’s easy to get stuff done through a simple conversation – whether you’re looking for a delicious pumpkin soup recipe, setting a reminder to take the laundry off the line, or playing your favorite tunes. And starting today, the Assistant will become more helpful with two new capabilities: we’re adding multilingual support, so that the Assistant will be able to understand and speak more than one language at a time. Additionally, you can now set custom and scheduled routines on smartphones and speakers, making it easier to get things done quickly with your Assistant.

Talk to the Google Assistant in multiple languages

Family members in bilingual homes often switch back and forth between languages, and now the Assistant can keep up. With our advancement in speech recognition, you can now speak two languages interchangeably with the Assistant on smart speakers and phones and the Assistant will respond in kind. This is a first-of-its-kind feature only available on the Assistant and is part of our multi-year effort to make your conversations with the Assistant more natural. 

If you speak German at home,  you can ask, “Hey Google, wie ist das Wetter heute?” And if you’re at a house party with friends, you can switch to English and say “Hey Google, play my BBQ playlist.” Currently, the Assistant can understand any pair of languages within English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. We’ll be expanding to more languages in the coming months. 

Get help with your routines

Your Assistant will now be able to help you manage your daily routines and get multiple things done with a single command. We’ve put together six Routines that help with your morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home. For example, say “Hey Google, I’m home” and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and more, all with just four words. 

We’re also rolling out Custom Routines in Australia, which allow you to create your own Routine with any of the Google Assistant’s one million Actions, and start your routine with a phrase that feels best for you. For example, you can create a Custom Routine for family dinner, and kick it off by saying "Hey Google, dinner's ready" and the Assistant can turn on your favorite music, turn off the TV, and broadcast “dinner time!” to everyone in the house. And on Google Home devices, you can now schedule Custom Routines for a specific day or time through the settings of your Google Assistant. So if you’re keen to get back into a regular exercise routine, you can set up your workout routine to automatically kick off several times per week.

We hope that these new features will make it even easier for you to get things done – even in multiple languages.

Posted by Manuel Bronstein, VP of Product, Google Assistant