Google Assistant aims for dominance at CES

Posted January 12, 2019

Google's rolling out a cool new Assistant feature to Google Home devices and smart displays: language interpretation with support for a dozen languages.

It enables some of Google's smart home devices to work as a translator.

The Google Assistant update will allow owners of those select Sonos speakers who use Google's smart home ecosystem to play playlists, podcasts and radio stations hands-free just by using their voice. Google expects applications for Interpreter Model to expand quickly for many situations, especially when people are traveling.

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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.

Amazon Alexa, the virtual assistant that runs on Echo speakers, a mobile app and some connected cars, is integrated with more than 100 million other devices, the Verge reported this month. To complete the booking transaction, users will use Google Pay credentials.

In an effort to streamline the process, Google will be launching the Assistant Connect platform. To put it simply, after making the necessary changes, users will be able to schedule reminders, dismiss alarms and look for nearby restaurants all without unlocking their phones.

While the Assistant has always been able to do quick translation of few words, it wasn't of much help during a conversation.

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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.

Google has been working with Anker and JBL to build the Assistant into vehicle accessories so that users can connect smartphones to their auto stereos through Bluetooth or AUX.

Google Assistant will come to Android devices soon.

The consumers can also save and retrieve boarding pass, all with the Google Assistant on Android or iOS. The feature will first work on domestic flights in the U.S. serviced by United Airlines. Furthermore, you can book a room with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai, and Travelclick.

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