Voice assistant “Google Assistant”, built into the smart column Google Chrome learned to speak Russian, convinced Twitter user with the nickname geek_yaroslav. In support of his words, he published a short video showing the verbal capabilities of the desktop version of “Google Assistant”, which until some time refused to talk on the great and mighty because of the restrictions imposed on him by the manufacturer.
Judging by the video, “Google Assistant”, pre-installed on Google Chrome, is able to understand most of the requests and, most importantly, to give them the right answers. However, there are still commands that the voice assistant refuses to comply with imposed constraints. As noted by geek_yaroslav, sometimes “Google Assistant” still performs blocked functions, for example, turns off the TV connected to the system “smart home”.
“Google” — for and against
Despite the extensive — with rare exceptions-ability of “Google Assistant” within Google Home, the pronunciation of the voice assistant still leaves much to be desired. Often the assistant makes mistakes in accents, pronouncing proper names and generally suffers from an obvious robotic accent. Siri from Apple, for comparison, though able to perform significantly fewer commands in Russian than “Google Assistant”, says much cleaner.
But, be that as it may, none of the versions of Google Chrome is currently not sold in Russia. For an unknown reason, the search giant sells branded columns only in a limited number of countries and, obviously, not counting on high sales, limits their functionality on a geographical basis. Perhaps in the foreseeable future the situation will be corrected, but so far the only way to get Google Home is to buy it abroad.