Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages

Angelica Greene
January 9, 2019

Another time-saver coming to Google Assistant will be the ability to check into an upcoming flight with the virtual assistant's help.

Although Android users will get the most out of Google Assistant's integration into Maps, it looks like Google is squarely targeting iOS users, in a bid to lure them away from Apple's own voice assistant Siri. The company today introduced Google Assistant Connect, a new platform for device manufacturers.

When our friends at SoundGuys first reviewed the Sonos One near the end of 2017, they were left pleading for Google Assistant support.

In addition, the smart speakers and smart screens of Google Home will feature a new translation mode called "Interpreter".

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

For Android, Google Assistant will also work on SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more.

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Among the new Google Assistant devices that the search giant talks about in its official blog post, Lenovo's new Smart Clock is probably the most exciting.

Interpreter Mode is an example of Google leveraging its strengths to bolster its digital assistant and the products it powers.

Google is rolling out Interpreter Mode over the next few weeks to Google Home and Smart Display devices. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices. For cars without Bluetooth, the Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive can connect via any 3.5mm AUX port and provide benefits such as better listening and hearing capabilities even when in traffic or listening to loud music. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up. You can say, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", to see pricing and availability, and pay through Google Pay. On speakers, it will recite the translation out loud, but on smart displays, it will also show the text on the screen.

It rolled out new integrations with Google Maps, where users can operate the app hands-free with just their voice.

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