Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Assistant Intros New Travel Feature At CES 01/10/2019

Google Assistant Intros New Travel Feature At CES 01/10/2019

Google says the Assistant will essentially handle all the "higher-order" computing, making it much easier for device manufacturers to make smart gadgets without needing to build all the headroom for actually implementing a full-on Assistant experience.

And it wouldn't be CES without a new product or two joining the Google Assistant family.

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.

With so many updates, Google's voice-powered artificial intelligence was the focus of its attention for this year's CES with nearly every single news item was related to it.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building vehicle accessories with Google Assistant support.

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The "Interpreter" feature is launching today and will be seen as a small pilot at a few hotels in the U.S., but for everyone else, the feature is launching in the coming weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in. "Soon, you'll be able to check in to your flight (starting first with domestic flights with United Airlines), save and retrieve your boarding pass, all with the Google Assistant on Android or iOS", Google added.

For Android, Google Assistant will also work on SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more.

The Interpreter mode is a new feature that is expected to be rolled out as an update over a couple of weeks on Google Home device and smart displays. The search giant has taken it a step further this year, integrating an interactive ride for guests to show off updates to the Google Assistant. Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start Interpreter Mode and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation.

As for the companys Bixby voice assistant it is also limited to a few countries and languages. Amazon's share will continue to shrink through 2020.

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