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

Apple's CES ad takes aim at rivals with privacy boast

Apple's CES ad takes aim at rivals with privacy boast

We bemoaned the lack of Google Assistant onboard and although Sonos' promises of Google Assistant kept us happy for a while, that while kept being extended into the future. Google says the Assistant will essentially handle all the "higher-order" computing, making it much easier for device manufacturers to make smart gadgets without needing to build all the headroom for actually implementing a full-on Assistant experience.

Google Assistant is about to get smarter with a new Interpreter mode that would help users have a real-time conversation in almost 27 languages. You can control music playback, enable navigation, read and reply to messages, make calls, ask about your day ahead, and more - everything you expect from Google's hands-free helper.

"Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start Interpreter Mode and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation".

The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time.

Plus, Google Assistant will help you book your hotel room in the United States too.

Unfortunately, the American tech giant has not yet discussed plans to add the feature to the Google Assistant on smartphones.

Google's Assistant Connect platform has a ton of potential. Since Google Maps already calculates your estimated time of arrival when you're driving, the Assistant now lets you text that arrival time to others, at least if you're using an Android device. While Android users typically have the Assistant preloaded on their devices, it is going to be a bigger deal for iOS devices, which have a massive Maps install base. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types. Two of their first devices will be Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps.

Earlier this year, Google launched the Home Hub that's basically a voice-activated touchscreen mounted on top of a stand and can play YouTube videos, show recipes and handle other common commands like showing the weather, traffic updates and more.

For Google, the hotel partnerships are just a pilot program, for now.

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