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Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

09 January, 2019, 18:10 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Google unveils instant language translator that lets people hold conversations in real time

Google Assistant can now act as an interpreter. As they don't have microphones to pick up voice commands, though, you'll nearly certainly need a microphone-toting middle-man device (such as a smartphone or Google Assistant smart speaker) to control it. It can also reply to text messages, search for places along your route, add new destinations, and auto-punctuate your messages. The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight". On Android, Assistant will work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and others, though Google cautions that functionality will vary by service. That way iPhone owners can get all information hands free without needing the native assistant Siri.

During the debut of the Google Pixel 3 smartphone past year, the American tech giant also announced the Google Home Hub that attempts to deliver the same Assistant functionality but has a screen to display contextual information. The goal is to reduce the cost for developers to create Assistant-enabled devices while making the implementation process more simple.

When our friends at SoundGuys first reviewed the Sonos One near the end of 2017, they were left pleading for Google Assistant support.

Google didn't debut any new products of their own this year. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more.


Fortunately, Sonos promised support for the virtual assistant down the road.

Along with these updates, Anker and JBL are launching smart accessories that help drivers better utilize the Assistant while driving. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it.

When you make a request, the Google Assistant must not only understand the language you're using and your speech, but it also has to recognize the intent of what you're asking and the context.

For Google, the hotel partnerships are just a pilot program, for now.

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