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

The company also announced that future update to the Google Assistant will enable consumers to do flight check-in with just voice commands.

Now, Google Maps users on iOS and Android will be able to ask for navigation assistance with their voice.

Users will also be able to search for the places they go through during their trip and add a new stop. Google says Interpreter Mode will work on normal Google Home speakers as well, but without the added benefit of a written translation.

Google is going all in on its AI assistant. Google Assistant will soon let you do checks-in to your flight, save and retrieve your boarding pass.

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This news was announced alongside that the Assistant now works with over 1,600 home automation brands and on more than 10,000 devices. The company will offer more information on the platform later this year. For example, the Google Home Hub smart display is priced at $99 for a $50 (or 34%) discount.

And in one of the most anticipated and yet longest-delayed bits of Google Assistant integration, it seems Google and Sonos are finally ready to bring Assistant voice controls for the Sonos One and Sonos Beam. More importantly, the experience was good enough that Interpreter Mode actually seems like a viable way to converse with someone you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with - at least for everyday conversations.

To see these smart devices in action, you can check out the Google Assistant Playground at CES; otherwise, they'll be hitting the market over the upcoming months. At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the US operated by United Airlines. The list of supported languages hasn't been provided yet, but gradually most widely spoken languages should be available in interpreter mode.

As well, Google is piloting the new feature at Dream Downtown in New York City and Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. The feature has recently been integrated at hotel concierge desks across the US. So for those that don't have Android Auto in their cars, but want a slightly better solution than just talking to your phone, Anker's $50 (£39; United Kingdom pricing and availability TBA) Roav Bolt and JBL's similarly priced Link Drive Plug let you connect your phone to your vehicle via an aux jack or Bluetooth so you can use their built-in noise cancelling mics to talk to the Google Assistant with increased clarity. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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