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Google Assistant’s new features make it more useful for travelers

09 January 2019, 06:09 | Megan Pierce

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For the U.S. consumers, Google is introducing a couple of new features in the Assistant that will enable them to do a lot more than just search for flights.

On top of the United news, Google also announced support for booking hotels via Google Assistant.

Search engine giant Google has made huge strides in terms technological advancement in terms of deep learning and machine learning to make its Google Assistant for smartphones and speakers. The company today introduced Google Assistant Connect, a new platform for device manufacturers. For example, you can say "Hey Google, take me home", to open Google Maps and get directions for your commute.

Premium speakers like the Sonos One and Sonos Beam will be getting the update to enable things like music, podcast, and radio playback via voice, and Sonos has also announced that older Sonos speakers will be getting Assistant capabilities as well.

The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time. That set off a German-English discussion with Phillip Klimke, manager of strategic partnerships for Google Assistant, about finding tickets to a show.

Integration with a wider range of products will certainly help Google Assistant reach one billion devices.

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Interpreter Mode should be rolling out sometime in the next few weeks.

Google Assistant has been around for two and a half years now and has been installed on almost one billion devices globally.

The smart clock, which is slated to go on sale in the spring, marks Google's latest foray into smart displays. The JBL Link Drive is similar to Anker Roav Bolt and packs dual-noise cancelling microphones and connect to your auto via Bluetooth or an aux cable. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types.

Saying "Google, check into my flight" will do the trick, presumably if you've got the flight stored on your calendar.

Earlier this year, Google launched the Home Hub that's basically a voice-activated touchscreen mounted on top of a stand and can play YouTube videos, show recipes and handle other common commands like showing the weather, traffic updates and more. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it.

For example, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th".



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