Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps

CREDIT Courtesy of Sonos

CREDIT Courtesy of Sonos

"With Interpreter Mode, a new feature rolling out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, you can ask the Google Assistant to help you have a conversation in dozens of languages". I watched it interpret conversations from English to Chinese and Chinese to German - Interpreter Mode supports translations between 27 different languages - using both voice and text. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge.

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.

The one friction point we see here is that Google Assistant isn't used to actually control your TV.

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For Android, Google Assistant will also work on SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. Google says they've developed this feature keeping in mind tourists and people who travel often to various countries and need to communicate with local stuff at hotels during check-in or understand local rules and schedules. Guided by a quirky narrator, the ride takes you through a day in the life of "Bob" as he uses the Google Assistant along the way.

Users say 'Hey Google, send my ETA, ' and Assistant will text your arrival time to any of your contacts.

Among the new Google Assistant devices that the search giant talks about in its official blog post, Lenovo's new Smart Clock is probably the most exciting. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

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Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase.

Saying "Google, check into my flight" will do the trick, presumably if you've got the flight stored on your calendar.

In a related move, Google Assistant will also be able to book hotel rooms for you. This featire will start first with domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

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