Google Assistant Interpreter Mode offers real-time spoken translations


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 has announced Yesterday at CES some new features for its virtual personal assistant, Google Assistant. Instead, they are focusing on the continued expansion of their partnerships with manufacturers to create new and more capable smart home devices powered by the Assistant.

In announcing this milestone, Google highlighted the myriad capabilities added to Assistant throughout 2018. To start the mode, you can say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter", and when your conversation partner speaks in French, the Assistant device will translate in real-time, either in spoken word or via written translation on a Smart Display. The speaker will begin translating in real-time.

Google is going all in on its AI assistant.

Predictably, Android users will be able to get their hands on a few more features than iOS users, including sending messages via Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Viber, and other third-party messaging applications. Apple customers are not installing Assistant as a separate app from the Apple Store, but there is a huge install base for Maps.

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The smart clock, which is slated to go on sale in the spring, marks Google's latest foray into smart displays. "We're also adding support for Google Keep,, Bring! and Todoist, when you want to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant", Google said. For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", for instance, and it will show you pricing options and availability within Assistant, which you can book using Google Pay credentials.

Travelers can save and retrieve their boarding pass using their phone, and Google Assistant will send a notification when the plane is ready for boarding.

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.

Meanwhile, for all your bedside requests, Google also showed off Lenovo's new Smart Clock which puts all of the Assistant's features in a handy $80 (£63) companion (UK pricing and availability TBA). The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.