Google Assistant Announces Polish Updates

Google Assistant is now available in Polish, Google announced on January 16, 2019. Not only can the Google Assistant perform all its normal tasks in Polish, like giving weather reports, sending messages, and setting reminders, but the Assistant is also programmed with Polish culture. Users can ask the Assistant for information related to Polish songs, Polish history, and Polish pop culture.

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The Google Assistant is now available in Poland.

Google’s blog post about the Assistant’s Polish updates also opened the door for Polish companies to create customized voice commands. So far, the Polish company PLAY OK, a gaming website, and eSky, a travel services website, have created actions. All the user has to do is say “Ok Google, talk to eSky” to be connected with Ewa, eSky’s voice assistant. From there, the user can search for hotels, car rentals, and flights. For example, the user could ask for the most affordable flights to Spain, adding on what they’re looking for in a flight. Ewa will produce a customized response based on the user’s wishes.

Previously, Google has added Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese to the Google Assistant, announced at the 2018 IFA conference. Users can switch between languages, a “multi-year effort” according to Google. Language switching is made possible by LangID, a program that analyzes speech and speaker recognition along with voice detection. In the future, Google hopes to allow the Assistant to switch between three languages at once.

To launch Google Assistant on an Android, the user must press the home button. From there, they will see examples of actions the Assistant can perform. The user can either hold the home button to start interacting with Google Assistant, say “OK Google,” or text the Assistant. For iPhone users, Google Assistant is available on the app store. Users can ask about everything from movie times to directions to daily schedules.

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Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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