Google Assistant coming to Sonos One, Beam and 'earlier' speakers

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Then, each person in the conversation can take turns speaking in their own language, and Google Assistant will read out the correct translation.

In a press briefing overnight Google has finally confirmed that Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam although they did not specify a date, which of course is disappointing but we suspect, and hope, that they left this to Sonos to take the glory on. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate. At CES 2019 alone, so many various devices were launched with Assistant-compatibility.

Travelers can save and retrieve their boarding pass using their phone, and Google Assistant will send a notification when the plane is ready for boarding. It has made phone usage more convenient than ever before as users need not type to search on the browser; just a voice command preceded by "Hey Google" is enough to get your desired results on the screen. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

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.

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The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. The company also noted that the existing units of both smart speakers will be getting a software update to add the Assistant support. It can connect with any car's on-board infotainment system via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable.

"This is native integration with Google Assistant itself; it should be a lot more seamless, a lot faster", Lacey said.

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

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