Google pushes deeper into homes with digital assistant updates

Gerardo Harmon
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.

Google Assistant is about to get smarter with a new Interpreter mode that would help users have a real-time conversation in almost 27 languages. Aside from the speakers and home electronic devices, other potential solutions to help humans in their needs include a new interpreter mode to help people on the fly and assist people during flights. The company says Google Assistant now works with more than 1,600 home automation brands and more than 10,000 devices. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps. Although the smart speakers also support Amazon's Alexa, the two digital assistants can't run concurrently, reported Cnet.

Connect uses Google's existing smart home platform to expand to new device types, while making device setup and discovery easy for consumers. Eventually, it will be able to check-in flights using voice commands as well.

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Domestic passengers in the USA can say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight" on Android or iOS and Assistant will take care of the necessary steps.

Google Assistant is also making headway in the automobile arena with forthcoming accessories that plug into a vehicle's socket and connect smartphones to auto stereos via Bluetooth or auxiliary inputs.

In announcing this milestone, Google highlighted the myriad capabilities added to Assistant throughout 2018.

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The feature would be introduced to more devices and even smartphones in the future. You can find all the new features below. Google Assistant will be able to show traffic reports and schedule reminders without unlocking the phone. All you need to do to check-in is say "Hey Google, check in to my flight", and Assistant will take care of the rest. Google Assistant is available on devices that run Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher. The new feature will first be available on United Airlines' domestic flights.

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

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