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

CES 2019 Google Assistant powered with new features comes to more devices

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

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. Among the new features is the Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode as well as fresh integration in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

Most of the features Google continues to add to its digital assistant are made possible by the search giant's ongoing work with machine learning, as it looks for ways to improve the assistant's understanding of natural language.

Interpreter mode is a new feature that is said to roll out as an update over a couple of weeks on Google Home devices and smart displays. Guided by a quirky narrator, the ride takes you through a day in the life of "Bob" as he uses the Google Assistant along the way. Google is helping change that by deploying Interpreter Mode for Google Assistant - it will support "dozens" of languages when it arrives, including commonly spoken ones like Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, and French.

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For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,".

If you know which hotel you want to stay, you can book a room using the Google Assistant with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick - an Amadeus company. Meanwhile, applications such as Google Maps would also include Assistant functionality, which will make driving safer.

While putting Assistant into Maps seems a logical next step within the Google ecosystem, the bigger reason for this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users. Since the Google Assistant is being added to an existing product, we can understand why this is the case, but it's still a bit awkward to have to jump between two different voice platforms. You will also have access to the usual set of Google Assistant features.

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