At CES 2019, taking place in Las Vegas, the search giant announced that the new will happen with Google Assistant. Soon the virtual assistant will get many additional features.
Starting January 8, Google Assistant has gained access to Google Maps in versions for Android and iOS. With it, for example, you can share with your friends and family the expected time of arrival at the venue. The assistant will automatically calculate the arrival time via Google Maps and send a message to the selected recipients. In addition, users can reply to messages, play music tracks and podcasts, search for places and so on. According to Google, the virtual assistant can interact with services such as SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages.
In the near future with the help of a virtual assistant you can register for the flight. Initially, this opportunity will be available only for domestic flights of United Airlines, but in the future the list of airlines promise to expand. All you need to do is utter the phrase “OK, Google, check me in for a flight.” Google states that there is no need to tell the assistant your ticket number, since it will receive all the information from the email. Google Assistant will register you and send your boarding pass to the post office.
Assistant will inform the user when the flight is ready to start check-in. In addition, the developers have announced that the virtual assistant will be able to register you at the hotel. In this issue, Google Assistant is a partner of Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick.
In the next few weeks, assistant users will be able to configure it to work in the mode when the smartphone is locked. Without unlocking a mobile device, a person can ask Google Assistant to show restaurants nearby, schedule reminders, turn on the timer, ask for updates on traffic data on the roads, and so on. While this feature is available only to users of Pixel smartphones, but soon all Android devices will join them.
And on Google Home devices and smart displays, it will be possible to turn on Interpreter Mode, which will help users translate foreign words. To enable this service, you will need to say, for example: “OK, Google, be my translator from French”. Smart columns will translate words out loud, and smart displays also duplicate phrases in the form of text.
Now this service is tested in pilot mode. Devices with Google Assistant, which works as a translator, are being tested at the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, Hyatt Regency in San Francisco and Dream Downtown in New York.