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The latest Google Assistant version is rolling out to more English-speaking regions

The updated Google Assistant is now available in some non-US regions. (Source: Google)
The updated Google Assistant is now available in some non-US regions. (Source: Google)
Google unveiled an updated Assistant with new features at its I/O event this year. It has only been available to the US market since then; now, however, it is being applied to others such as Ireland and Canada. Then again, it remains restricted to Pixel devices in these regions.

Google's Assistant gained a panel of new functions and features at the OEM's I/O 2019 event. These included leveraging the AI in newer devices to deliver effects such as reduced latency in answering queries. The "new"  or "Next Generation" Assistant was also slated as capable of improved speech comprehension in commands or questions, a driving mode and an offline mode. However, it has only been available in the US since its release.

Google has addressed this to some extent by expanding its availability to other markets. Then again, the app is still English-language within them, even Canada, where French is also an official language. It is also now becoming available in Australia, Ireland, Singapore and the UK.

Furthermore, the 'next-gen' Assistant continues to work on the Pixel 4 or 4 XL only, as it did in the US. However, users with these phones in those markets will now be able to benefit from real-time transcription, (along the lines of Google's Recorder) as well as integration into and across other Google apps such as Gmail, Calendar, Maps, YouTube and Photos.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12-15 (Update: 2019-12-15)
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