Here are the most notable changes that'll help you in your daily interaction with Google Assistant.
"You can also opt in to see answers to personal queries, like traffic updates to work or calendar updates". While tech firms have taken to the town to show off their wackiest contrivances, Google is busy displaying of Google Assistant-powered features and devices that are going to hit our homes in the coming days, one of the most noteworthy of the lot being the Interpreter Mode on the Google Home devices.
The device - specifically engineered for automobiles - plugs into a 12V accessory port (cigarette lighter), allowing users to call upon Google Assistant without interacting with their phone.
With rivals also aiming for the voice-powered AI to play a big role, Google expects that the Assistant will be the victor in this AI race as the company has made a big bet on it. Currently, the Interpreter mode can translate between 27 languages in real-time and is slated to work through Google Home speakers such as the Google Home Hub and Google Home Mini.
Enable Bixby in EnglishGoogle Assistant and Amazon Alexa both have limited language support but Samsung says that you should be able to use it in English to control a Samsung TV even in non-English speaking countries.
Google Assistant is also making headway in the automobile arena with forthcoming accessories that plug into a vehicle's socket and connect smartphones to auto stereos via Bluetooth or auxiliary inputs.
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Google's announcement coincides with the start of the CES 2019, where the Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are featured in new TVs, speakers, smart home devices, and other gadgets. Consumers will need their flight confirmation details and will have to say something like, "Hey Google, check me in to my flight". The company is making Google Assistant available inside the Android and iOS versions of Google Maps to let consumers do more during their commutes.
Apart from the Lenovo Smart Clock, Google has revealed that several other device makers are planning to include the digital assistant in their devices.
Google Assistant is adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant.
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.
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.