As well as working on more phones with dedicated Google Assistant buttons, Google has also announced a bunch of new features for Google Assistant at Mobile World Congress.

Assistant is now available in more than 80 countries in 30 languages.

Google Assistant launched on the Google Pixel phones and Google Home, before expanding to most other Android devices. 

Chief among these is that Assistant is coming to Messages. Over the coming months for English users, Messages will start showing suggestions in the app using the AI processor in your phone. The content of your conversation isn't sent to Google's servers unless you tap on the suggestions. 

So you'll get suggestions about movies, restaurants and the weather depending on what you're discussing. 

If you’re chatting and you need to quickly look something up, you can just long press the Home button with the Messages app open on your phone, and your Assistant will pop up to help. 

Google has been working to improve the messaging experience on Android, alongside companies like Samsung, Huawei, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone to make RCS (Rich Communication Services) more widely available.

Google has helped to launch RCS with networks in 24 countries, bringing features to conversations like group chats, read receipts, and high-quality video and photo sharing. 

Google has also worked with Qualcomm and Mediatek among others to support Android’s Neural Network tools for faster, smarter and smoother mobile apps. LG adopted this tech to bring Google Lens suggestions into the camera app on the LG G8 ThinQ. This enables you to point the camera, and with a single tap, call or save a phone number on a takeaway menu, send an email right from a flyer, or open an address in Google Maps.

Google is also bringing the Assistant to Google Maps in all Assistant phone languages including in the UK, while more languages are also now supported for pairing (being able to switch between two languages), you can select any language pairing from Korean, Hindi, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch, in addition to the languages supported from the get-go: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.