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Sheri Evans
January 12, 2019

Google Assistant added flight check-in and hotel booking to its voice-activated services, according to a company announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Samsung will add support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa but you need an external device such as an Amazon Echo og Google Home. Essentially, people can ask Google Assistant to be their personal interpreter and it will provide real-time spoken (on Google Home) or written (on smart displays) translations to help you and the other person understand what each of you are saying. If you want something more substantial, the rest of Amazon and Google's Echo and Home devices are also available at various discounts.

Google's virtual assistant will tie-up with Google Maps for better navigation.

An update to the Assistant in Google Maps has also been announced, allowing users to use voice commands to share their arrival time with friends or family as well as reply to text messages - with the Assistant taking down voice dictation - while users continue to navigate using Maps.

The company introduced Google Assistant Connect, which is a platform that manufacturers can easily build into their devices to make them Google voice assistant compatible.

Apart from airline check-ins, Google Assistant can help users to book a room for a specified hotel, city, and dates. The will be rolled out to all Android users in the coming weeks.

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Google Assistant soon will offer more robust air travel support.

Then, each person in the conversation can take turns speaking in their own language, and Google Assistant will read out the correct translation. Google announced a new built-in feature called the interpreter mode. Sonos had initially promised a 2018 launch for its Google Assistant integration.

Now playing: Watch this: Google Assistant Connect paves a path for wacky future. To put it simply, after making the necessary changes, users will be able to schedule reminders, dismiss alarms and look for nearby restaurants all without unlocking their phones. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Hotel bookings are also limited to just United States right now.

Google's massive booth at the CES this year features a Disneyland-style ride, that gives attendees a glimpse at the different ways the Assistant can be used in everyday life.

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