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Google launches Belgian version of Google Assistant

Google said it would take action against the employee who leaked thousands of audio files captured by the company's smart home assistants. Credit:Google

Google will be launching the Belgian version of its Google Assistant, it announced on Tuesday.

Available on Android and iOS smartphones and audio headsets, it will be gradually rolled out during the afternoon and evening, becoming accessible on all devices from Wednesday morning. Several partners like the SNCB, Proximus, Colruyt, Bpost and the IRM have joined the platform in order to give it a local Belgian feel.

Via a conversation with Google Assistant, it is already possible to send a message, listen to a song or the news and to receive navigation instructions without any difficulty.

These functions, however, were not always adapted for Belgium. For example, the Assistant used to offer its users the French news. From now on, it would be offering Belgian current affairs features, playing Belgian songs and following the national league and cup football, explained the American electronics giant.

Big Belgian companies have contributed to this by developing their own features. It is thus possible to verify the app’s data consumption with Telenet or Proximus, ask Bpost when a parcel will be arriving, as well as ask the SNCB the price of the cheapest train ticket to suit your purposes, ask the ING for your bank card limit or read the latest news via VRT and Mediahuis newspapers.

All these actions may be initiated just by saying: “OK, Google.”

The Brussels Times

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