Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps

CES 2019 is a showcase for new technology gadgets and gizmos

CES 2019 is a showcase for new technology gadgets and gizmos

Now Google have let the cat out of the bag and Assistant is finally making its way to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

Google Assistant Connect will allow Google to put its Assistant on the next generation of smart home devices. The Google Assistant is smart enough to understand the context and the whole experience was very slick.

For example, Android and iOS Google Maps users will be able to use the Assistant and their voice to reply to text messages, play music or podcasts and communicate to their friends and family the time they expect to reach their destination.

While putting Assistant into Maps seems a logical next step within the Google ecosystem, the bigger reason for this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users.

Integration with a wider range of products will certainly help Google Assistant reach one billion devices. 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. 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.

Kitchen Aid has launched their own smart display that offers a more discreet footprint than those from makers such as JBl and Lenovo. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types.

All the while, translations in both languages popped up on the display of its Google Home Hub. Look for our hands-on and first impressions coming soon. Among the new features is the Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode as well as fresh integration in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS.

Plus, Google Assistant will help you book your hotel room in the USA too.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building vehicle accessories with Google Assistant support.

The Bluetooth devices plug into your vehicles 12V accessory port and act as a go-between for your can and the Assistant on your phone.

Anker today announced a new addition to its Roav lineup of in-car tech - the Roav Bolt.

Real-time machine-assisted translated conversations are becoming increasingly popular, though options are still limited.

More features are on the way.

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