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

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The Google Assistant now lives in more than 1 billion devices, but the company wants to put it in a whole lot more. The tool will also fetch digital boarding passes.

Pixel users can access Google Assistant even when their Android device is locked.

When booking a room, Google Assistant can also take care of that task thanks to its integration with Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick.

Though the company is testing the tech at a couple hotels, Google isn't planning a big launch with businesses just yet, but it's not hard to imagine Interpreter Mode coming in handy in other scenarios, like at airports or with other businesses.

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During the debut of the Google Pixel 3 smartphone previous 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.

"Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport welcomes guests and colleagues from around the world, creating a diverse mix of backgrounds and languages", said General Manager Irby Morvant. The speaker will begin translating in real-time. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate.

We spent a brief time with the new Interpreter mode and came out very impressed.

Google says the update is "starting to roll out today" on Android and iOS, but as Google Assistant's commands are mostly controlled server-side, it's not clear if the update will arrive with an app update or just start working as you drive home. But the travel industry is understandably willing to experiment with halfway fixes. The feature has recently been integrated at hotel concierge desks across the US. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant had a major presence at CES, both at their own sizable booths and around the show floor.

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