Google Assistant takes the fight to Alexa at CES

Language problems goodbye: Google makes its voice assistant to the Live Translator

CES 2019: Google Is Blitzing CES with a Literal Rollercoaster Full of Google Assistant Tech

On the other hand, at CES 2019, Google also presented the new Google Assistant interpreter mode which permits users to translate phrases in real-time. At participating Hyatt hotels, Interpreter Mode will enable guests and colleagues that speak different languages to communicate via spoken and written translations of their own languages on a Google Home Hub.

"By bringing the best of Google services and AI to the Assistant, we're focussed on building the most helpful digital assistant when you're at home, in your vehicle, or on the go", said the company in its blog. Google expects applications for Interpreter Model to expand quickly for many situations, especially when people are traveling.

Google Assistant is winning the platform war when it comes to mobile phones but still has some catching up to do in the smart home market.

"We're rolling out this feature first with domestic flights serviced by United Airlines, and we look forward to expanding this feature to more airlines and flights soon", Google stated in the announcement. The interpreter mode, as the company explains, will help users to have a conversation in dozens of languages.

Language problems goodbye: Google makes its voice assistant to the Live Translator

In the past, iOS users had to download Google Assistant separately from the app store - now, the voice assistant will be built in to an app that over 70% of smartphone owners use.

Additionally, upcoming vehicle accessories will improve Google Assistant's voice command pickup ability. They also will be able to set up and dismiss alarms, schedule reminders and timers, and view answers to personal queries such as traffic and calendar updates. Already the company said its assistant works with more than 1,600 home automation brands and more than 10,000 devices - though "works", as always, is in the ear of the listener. The new features include flight check-in, hotel bookings, and expanded locks screen access. It provides you with vehicle diagnostics, responds to crashes, can get you roadside assistance, and allows you to share your location with friends and family. The feature will first work on domestic flights in the USA serviced by United Airlines. Google also promises to bring support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

Even at this year's CES, some of the company's partners, including Sony, Hisense, Philips, TCL, Skyworth, Xiaomi and Haier, are showcasing Android TV devices that come with Google Assistant.

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