Google Brings Assistant to Google Maps

Yolanda Curtis
January 10, 2019

Google is in the process of rolling out Google Assistant navigation to Android and iOS Google Maps users. Now Google have let the cat out of the bag and Assistant is finally making its way to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

According to a January 8th, 2019 media release, users will be able to ask Assistant to share trip ETAs, reply to text messages, play music and podcast, search for places along a route and even auto-punctuate messages.

Google Assistant is constantly evolving and gaining new abilities.

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It's not just small and cheap devices where this new program comes into play. Simply say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start the new Interpreter Mode.

The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. Everybody and their mothers (and a few relatives) are rushing to make their products "smart" by integrating them with either the Assistant or Alexa.

The concept is similar to Google's Pixel Buds, the $159 ear buds Google launched in 2017 that can provide real-time translations in your ears. Already the company said its assistant works with more than 1,600 home automation brands and more than 10,000 devices - though "works", as always, is in the ear of the listener. We have more coverage of Google and much more from CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

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Google has unveiled a new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, which can translate peoples' conversations in real time. "We're also adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist, when you want to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant", Google said.

Also, the Assistant will also intuitively notify you when the flight is ready for check-in. Soon, Google Assistant will allow you to check in to your flight, save and retrieve your boarding pass.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,". Google says the service rolls out to phones in the next few days, with United Airlines offering the feature first for domestic flights.

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