Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

Isaac Cain
January 11, 2019

In a demonstration at the Las Vegas exhibit, Google showed how its new Interpreter feature can be used to break down language barriers in real-time conversations.

It enables some of Google's smart home devices to work as a translator. Google's digital assistant added the services to its existing features that let users search for upcoming flights, browse prices and track flight status with their voice.

The Google Assistant Connect platform was just one of a slew of Google Assistant announcements at CES, which is also showcasing artificial intelligence in a number of other fields, including navigation and safety features for cars and improving TV video quality.

If you know which hotel you want to stay, you can book a room using the Google Assistant with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick - an Amadeus company. Currently, this feature is currently live in the USA on both Android and iOS.

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Google Assistant may be quite common today on Android phones but that isn't stopping Google from making it more accessible. To use this solution, hotel guests will identify their language on the Google Home Hub screen and hotel colleagues will activate Interpreter Mode to translate the conversation.

Google Assistant controls more devices: At CES 2019, Google expanded its portfolio of Google Assistant-powered devices. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices. 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.

Google's virtual assistant now gets tied up to Google Maps, it will help you navigate in Google Maps. The integration also enables users to verbally reply to messages in over half a dozen chat services.

In announcing this milestone, Google highlighted the myriad capabilities added to Assistant throughout 2018. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the global consumers.

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