Google Assistant breaks language barriers

11 January, 2019, 20:44 | Author: Leah Owens
  • CES 2019: Google Is Blitzing CES with a Literal Rollercoaster Full of Google Assistant Tech

Today's update includes new features such as flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lock screen to all Android phones. Users will also be able to control smart home devices, such as dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat, and relive favorite memories by pulling up Google Photos on the TV screen - all with their voice.

One Billion devices will feature Google Assistant by the end of the month. Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start Interpreter Mode and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation. The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight".

For longer trips, Google Assistant now provides the ability to check into flights and book hotel rooms.

Google this week debuted a slew of new capabilities for its artificial intelligence software, Google Assistant, at CES in Las Vegas.

Google Assistant might be pretty much a standard option for Android phones, but Google found another way to extend its reach.

The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time. CES has made it clear that companies are not afraid to put out devices with Assistant on them, and Assistant Connect making things easier for manufacturers could lead to a huge expansion on the number of devices with Assistant on them.

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At the very least, the multiplicity of smart home device controllers that will emerge will create chaos.

The feature was first announced back at Google's hardware event in October, though, at the time, it was limited to the company's new Pixel 3 handset.

Google's virtual assistant now gets tied up to Google Maps, it will help you navigate in Google Maps. Google also promises to bring support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Hotel bookings are also limited to just United States right now.

Google said that monthly and daily active users have quadrupled over the a year ago although it did not provide the number of people who use Google Assistant regularly.

Sonos didn't release anything new at CES 2019, but it did announce something special: Google Assistant is finally on its way to selected speakers in its range, in the form of a (currently private) beta. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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