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.
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.