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Google Assistant SDK expands hardware integration to Germany, Japan, and United Kingdom

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The software development kit (SDK) for Google Assistant is expanding to additional countries today, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. As part of the expansion, Google Assistant SDK is now available in English, French, German, and Japanese, according to a Google blog post.

The SDK makes it possible for hardware makers to bring Google Assistant to virtually any device with a speaker and microphone. So far it has been used for products like smart speakers from JBL, Sony, and other brands, but it could come to any number of devices, such as social robots or thermostats. A developer preview of the SDK was first made available in April.

Deeper customization options for individual devices were also introduced today. Devices using the SDK can now be localized either with a street address or longitude and latitude coordinates. This will allow users to receive local responses if they ask for weather updates or ask Google Assistant about a nearby business.

Hardware using the Google Assistant SDK can now be configured with Device Actions, a new functionality introduced today that allows for device-specific voice control of smart home activity. Device Actions allow actions like adjusting the brightness of lights or turning devices on or off.

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In recent weeks, the AI assistant has expanded to Android tablets and Android Lollipop smartphones using the Lollipop, while voice app support was extended to countries like Canada, Germany, Korea, and Japan.

Google’s SDK news today comes shortly after Amazon brought Alexa and Echo devices to new markets in Australia, Canada, and Japan, as well as 80 other countries around the world.

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