Google Assistant Interpreter Mode - Hands On at CES 2019

CES 2019: Google Is Blitzing CES with a Literal Rollercoaster Full of Google Assistant Tech

Just last May, it was on 500 million devices - and the new figure is thanks in large to Android smartphones (which come pre-installed with Google Assistant), Google Home speakers, and other devices or gadgets equipped with the assistant. Essentially, people can ask Google Assistant to be their personal interpreter and it will provide real-time spoken (on Google Home) or written (on smart displays) translations to help you and the other person understand what each of you are saying.

While greater functionality may make Google Assistant more appealing to new users, what will really bolster its adoption in 2019 is its rapid expansion to more devices.

Google's virtual assistant will tie-up with Google Maps for better navigation. "With just your voice, you'll be able to share your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with friends and family, reply to text messages, play music and podcasts, search for places along your route, add a new stop and auto-punctuate your message", the company said in a statement.

Back on the Google Maps Assistant integration for Android and iOS, in short, this mode would help users make use of the Assistant while on the go.

In addition, you'll be able to book a hotel room straight from Google Assistant through partners including Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai, and Travelclick. The will be rolled out to all Android users in the coming weeks.

The Google Home Hub, in particular, is going for $99.99. Google plans to add more airlines and flights soon, per its announcement.

By using Google Assistant on your phone, you can get restaurant recommendations, turn off alarms and schedule reminders, without having to unlock the handset.

On smartphone devices, Google would also allow Google Assistant to help users even f the devices are locked. The new features include flight check-in, hotel bookings, and expanded locks screen access.

Google Assistant can now act as an interpreter. Sonos had initially promised a 2018 launch for its Google Assistant integration.

Google Translate offered the same service but the Google Interpreter takes it a step further and offers a more seamless conversation as the translation is real-time and quick.

OK, it's a small coaster, but after a couple years of attending CES, between the Google vending machines, the Google branded monorail, and a bunch of new features for the Google Assistant, it feels like Google is flexing on the world's biggest trade show in a way it never has before.

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