Google Assistant is about to get a whole lot more useful

Joshua Bennett
January 12, 2019

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While the platform will no doubt arrive on much more kit this year, we now know that will include some Sonos speakers.

Lowering the entry barrier to development could help grow Google Assistant ecosystem, as well as usher in a new generation of cheap smart home appliances.

Google also showed off the new Lenovo Smart Clock, which can set alarms based on your daily habits or calendar appointments, and wake you with a gentle light. Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode Demo Just before it was officially unveiled at the biggest tech show, the company showed how it worked.

But Google Assistant actually doesn't have that many active users, as Ars Technica reports.

For those traveling outside of their language comfort zones, Google Assistant can help remove barriers to communication.

The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time. The Sonos One and Sonos Beam will use Google Assistant to control all of its functions.

Soon, users will be able to check in for their flights, and save and retrieve boarding passes on Google Assistant via both Android and iOS smartphones.

Sonos is one of the most synonymous names in high quality connected audio but has been a little late in adding support for digital assistants. This should be something to watch out for since the Google Assistant made its debut back in May 2016. All you need to do is just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

The new feature is aimed at helping the consumers communicate in a dozen languages and will be available on the Google Home devices as well as Assistant-powered Smart Displays.

The Google Assistant now lives in more than 1 billion devices, but the company wants to put it in a whole lot more. It provides you with vehicle diagnostics, responds to crashes, can get you roadside assistance, and allows you to share your location with friends and family.

When booking a room, Google Assistant can also take care of that task thanks to its integration with Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick.

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