Google announces big plans for voice assistant at CES 2019

Google announces big plans for voice assistant at CES 2019

Google announces big plans for voice assistant at CES 2019

To get started, you can say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter", and when the other person speaks in French, the Assistant device will translate in real-time, either in spoken word or via written translation on a Smart Display.

"Wait, Google Assistant already works with Google Maps, right?"

In the past, iOS users had to download Google Assistant separately from the app store - now, the voice assistant will be built in to an app that over 70% of smartphone owners use.

Google announced that a new feature called Interpreter Mode will be rolling out on Google Home and Smart Displays over the next couple weeks. "We are excited to collaborate with Google on a new technology that offers the potential to create widespread impact across the hospitality industry".

Google Assistant is adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant.

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If you're an Android user, you'll see the biggest changes to messaging via the assistant, which can now read and reply to all messaging notifications you get. Using the new "Gently Wake Up" feature, the Philips Hue lights in your bedroom will simulate the sunrise 30 mins before your alarm goes off.

All of us know about the annoying flight check-in process.

During its event, Google also announced youll be able to manage flights with Assistant, including checking in getting a digital boarding pass. At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the U.S. operated by United Airlines.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,". Also, Chromecast Audio is now just $15 ($20 off). There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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