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Google Assistant makes its way into Google Maps

Google Assistant makes its way into Google Maps

Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lockscreen to all Android phones. It has made phone usage more convenient than ever before as users need not type to search on the browser; just a voice command preceded by "Hey Google" is enough to get your desired results on the screen.

"This is native integration with Google Assistant itself; it should be a lot more seamless, a lot faster", Lacey said. Google on Tuesday unveiled a new Interpreter Mode for the Google Assistant, which turns devices like the Google Home Hub into a translator for people speaking different languages.

The days of arriving at a hotel when overseas only to be lost for words when unable to understand the receptionist could be over after Google unveiled a real-life Babel fish system for translating foreign languages. That set off a German-English discussion with Phillip Klimke, manager of strategic partnerships for Google Assistant, about finding tickets to a show. But between the never-ending string of new devices, deeper integration, and nifty new features, the Google Assistant looks like it's making an extra big push for 2019.

But Google Assistant's latest trick has me re-thinking that for the first time. The feature will be rolling out in the next few weeks. On Android, Assistant will work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and others, though Google cautions that functionality will vary by service.

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Google Assistant has been around for two and a half years now and has been installed on almost one billion devices globally. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types.

Google Assistant is adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant.

Anker today announced a new addition to its Roav lineup of in-car tech - the Roav Bolt. The JBL Link Drive is similar to Anker Roav Bolt and packs dual-noise cancelling microphones and connect to your auto via Bluetooth or an aux cable. You can then say "Hey Google, check in to my flight", and Assistant will check in for you. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.