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'Hey Google': What are the major announcements from Google at CES 2019?

'Hey Google': What are the major announcements from Google at CES 2019?

Google has some bright new ideas for the Google Assistant over 2019.

While the platform will no doubt arrive on much more kit this year, we now know that will include some Sonos speakers.

"You can also opt in to see answers to personal queries, like traffic updates to work or calendar updates".

Google will also be branching its Assistant presence to more smart home devices in 2019 through more smart devices and smart TVs.

2018, the annual product event in Las Vegas, the tech giant has been unveiling a handful of travel-related features for its Google Home and related products, including instant translations and flight check-in and booking tools.

Its previewing a new initiative called Assistant Connect, which will be a framework for partners to incorporate some of the AIs features into their devices.The new tools will allow companies to connect their devices to a consumers existing Google Home smart speakers, which will then handle communication with Googles cloud.

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With support for 27 languages at launch, you can now just holler "Hey Google" and say "Be my Spanish interpreter".

The company said Google Assistant is set to be present in one billion devices by the end of January, in 80 countries and in almost 30 languages. Google has plans to expand this feature to more airlines and flights soon. That means rather than using the Sonos device as a standalone smart speaker, the older speakers will require a secondary device in order to gain Google Assistant control.

"With Interpreter Mode, a new feature rolling out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, you can ask the Google Assistant to help you have a conversation in dozens of languages".

Until now, taking advantage of Google Assistant required hardware makers to equip their products with a microphone, relatively sophisticated silicon and software for accessing the service's cloud backend. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

Google Assistant will also be able to store and view your boarding pass, displaying information like your frequent flyer number, confirmation number, and flight number. "Simply turn on "Gentle Wake Up" and the lights in your bedroom simulate the sunrise 30 minutes before your morning alarm goes off, to help you wake up and feel more energized", Google added.

One caveat: the property must belong to a participating major brand, such as Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, and InterContinental Hotels Group, or bookable via Priceline and Expedia.


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