When Google released its domestic voice assistant speaker in Australia last month, it proudly claimed that the $199 device was fully adapted for local accents, idioms and topics.
“Ask it for ‘brekkie’ ideas or where the nearest ‘servo’ is. You can also ask it what sound a Kookaburra makes, and it’ll cue the laughter we all know and love,” the company wrote on a blog post at the time.
“And of course, we’ve hidden a few Aussie treats for you to discover along the way. Why not try asking your Assistant on Google Home ‘Are you going to Bonnie Doon?'”
However, Business Insider found that Google Home cannot handle a request that many Australians would consider an everyday need:
That’s annoying enough for rugby league fans in the northern states, but would infuriate the many Australian Rules followers in the southern states.
To be fair, just as Google promised, the device is learning and improving via regular updates. When Business Insider asked for the NRL scores in July, Google Home didn’t even recognise the question – providing the same reaction as for the AFL query in the video above. But now it recognises the NRL question, but just can’t provide an answer.
We’ll keep an eye on Google Home to see if the problem will be fixed before the footy season is over.