In the past, asking Google Assistant to perform a task as simple as booking a movie ticket may have made you feel like your slight accent comes across as speaking in tongues, with the onboard AI politely telling you that it has no idea what the hell you’re saying. Today, Google has announced that not only will Google Assistant understand what you’re saying, but it’ll respond in Singaporean English (or Singlish), too.
In its continual endeavour to be the world’s greatest pa ka liao, Google has introduced Singapore English as one of the first colloquial languages to hit the virtual assistant’s language comprehension, and the first in Southeast Asia. Coinciding with the launch of the Pixel 2 XL in Singapore, the language update will hit the tech giant’s flagship on the date of sale of November 15, 2017, and will be rolled out to devices with Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow and above in the coming weeks.
Granted, while Google Assistant still hasn’t picked up on verbalising the nuances of the distinctive Singlish accent (“can talk like this, ah?” doesn’t quite roll off its proper English tongue too smoothly just yet), the fact that it’s already a self-professed durian fan is a good sign, and Google tells us that we’ll be hearing a more natural accent in future updates. Finally, a smartphone that speaks our language!
The Google Pixel 2 XL (64GB) will be available from November 15, 2017, exclusively through Singtel. Pricing ranges from SGD 0 on a Combo 12 plan to SGD 1,098 on a Combo 1 plan. For more info, visit singtel.com/googlepixel.