Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration, Will Launch This Year

Oscar Cross
January 10, 2019

The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight".

Google at CES 2019 announced it is bringing several new features to the Google Assistant and showed off some cool devices that it says will be using the voice assistant. Case in point: Google set up a musical, Small World-style ride for Assistant that is the very definition of over-the-top.

It's not just small and low-cost devices where this new program comes into play. Today, the company introduced a new feature called "Interpreter Mode", which allows its assistant to act as a real-time translator during a conversation between two people.

The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. Meanwhile, applications such as Google Maps would also include Assistant functionality, which will make driving safer. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for dozens of languages and conduct conversations in real time.

The Interpreter mode in Google's virtual assistant would be rolled out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, the company announced at the CES 2019 here. At the time, the company said that it was aiming to roll out support for the Google Assistant in 2018.

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.

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.

Also, the Assistant will also intuitively notify you when the flight is ready for check-in. You can say, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", to see pricing and availability, and pay through Google Pay. This featire will start first with domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

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