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Google Starts Piloting Voice Products for Airlines and Hotels

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After a few, brief announcements, we were invited to take a ride on the Google Assistant Ride and it was, well, interesting to say the least. Assistant will also be able to give you notifications for things like check-in.

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. The company today introduced Google Assistant Connect, a new platform for device manufacturers.

The consumers can also save and retrieve boarding pass, all with the Google Assistant on Android or iOS.

We've already seen Amazon's smart assistant feature in cars in a number of implementations, but what's being shown in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week sees Alexa baked into the core of vehicles, rather than added as more of a third-party after thought. Google Assistant is doing most of the work.

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Google has revealed that it is baking the Assistant right in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS devices. "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", Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

The details: You don't have to state which language you're speaking, as the software can tell (if it's one of the 27 languages it supports). It can also reply to text messages, search for places along your route, add new destinations, and auto-punctuate your messages. This is all to make sure that the experience "knits together the full ecosystem of Google Assistant, with the full Sonos system", says Sonos.

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).

It's no secret Google has the smartest and most powerful voice assistant out there. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. The feature has recently been integrated at hotel concierge desks across the US.

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