As with most of Google's products, Assistant is an incredibly powerful tool in the United States, but its functionality is limited in other countries. This is understandable, since there are dozens of other major languages worldwide with countless dialects, and speech recognition for each variation can take a while to develop. At Mobile World Congress, Google announced a massive expansion for Assistant's language support. Read More
The virtual assistant race between the big tech names might be cooling down a bit, but Google is still regularly pushing the envelope with its Assistant. In just the last week the company has added Duo video call support, Dutch language compatibility, and news story highlighting. Now it's also silently starting to roll out support for Russian—a feature it's been testing since January. Read More
Google Assistant's language support is beyond confusing. I've been covering it for over 6 months now and I still don't understand why a language could work in one version of Assistant but not another. Take Hindi for example. It works in Allo, but not in other instances of Assistant like the main one on your phone. That's changing though now.
If you have your phone's language set to English - India, you'll be able to activate Assistant by tapping and holding on the Home button on any Android 5.0 and above phone (tablets probably won't work as they only support US English for now). Read More
Google Assistant currently supports English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. As you may have noticed, Russian is one of the many languages missing. The 150+ million native speakers represent a huge potential market for Google, and now it looks like the company is Russian (heh) to add support for the language to Assistant. Read More
Something that Android Wear 1.x was sorely missing was support for on-screen keyboards. It just isn't ideal in some circumstances to have to talk to your watch. Naturally, one of the features people got most excited for in Wear 2.0 was the ability to type using a keyboard. However, it appears that some languages' keyboards have some missing characters. Read More
Those of you lucky enough to be visiting Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics might not have opulent luxuries like floors or potable water, but at least getting around town will be a little easier thanks to the Word Lens app. The developers added support for Russian today, allowing users to translate signs, menus, and other text on the fly.
If you've never used Word Lens, then you really should, at least if you're frequently traveling to places that don't speak your native language. The app uses augmented reality to translate text from one language to another, then re-insert it into the live image from your phone's camera. Read More
Looking to learn English? I know a little green bird that just might help you out. Duolingo has been around for years now, but it remains one of the best apps available for learning a new language on a mobile device. Now thanks to the latest update, Duolingo is ready to help Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, and Turkish speakers learn English.
Update: Duolingo has also added English-learning support for Polish speakers. Read More
Sure, Samsung is stealing the spotlight recently with its Galaxy Camera, but did you know that other companies are working on Android cameras? Companies that have been making picture-taking devices for longer than most of us have been alive, even! Take Polaroid's IM1836, for example. This thing has leaked before in a couple different variations, and today were getting a glimpse at a unit that might be a little closer to final production.
From what we can tell, it will come with a 3.5" touch screen (which is significantly smaller than the Galaxy Camera's 4.8" display), WiFi, a microSD card slot, a mirrorless sensor and interchangeable lenses. Read More
Under the hood of Google Now, powering all those beautiful cards that pop up when you search for certain things, is Google's Knowledge Graph. In what might be the company's most ambitious project ever, Google aims to categorize and classify all information so that when you search for, say, Jeff Goldbum, the search engine knows you might also be interested in information about Chaos Theory or survival tips for raptor attacks. Today, the company announced an extension to this already-huge product: availability in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Italian. Pretty huge.
As Google briefly explains, this endeavor is about more than just translating words ("'football' means something quite different in the U.S. Read More