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Google Pixel lockscreen Assistant feature coming to all Android devices

Google Pixel lockscreen Assistant feature coming to all Android devices

Perhaps the most interesting is Google Assistant Connect, an initiative similar to Amazon's Alexa Connect Kit that makes it easier for third-party manufacturers to create Assistant-powered gadgets without needing to be connected to Google's cloud.

Google pointed out that its Assistant works with over 1,600 home automation brands and over 10,000 devices.

Headlined by a new translation feature for the Google Assistant called Interpreter Mode, Google hopes its Assistant can help bridge languages gaps in a smarter and friendlier way. To use this solution, hotel guests will identify their language on the Google Home Hub screen and hotel colleagues will activate Interpreter Mode to translate the conversation. Some of these languages are Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Thai, and Korean.

Google Assistant will come to Android devices soon. While Android users typically have the Assistant preloaded on their devices, it is going to be a bigger deal for iOS devices, which have a massive Maps install base. That way users can share ETA, reply to text messages and play music without closing the navigation window.

A new feature for Google Assistant will allow travelers to use the voice agent to check in for flights, the company announced at CES. Given that TV control is one of the features of voice assistants that most excites consumers, according to an exclusive Business Insider Intelligence survey, this could help deepen engagement for Google. Active users have quadrupled in size during the previous year, according to the company.

Google showed off a couple of prototypes at a press event: a small e-ink pad that was pasted on a refrigerator and showed commute times and a tiny button that could be used to activate a Google Assistant controlled device. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

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"For example, a partner could create a simple and low-cost e-ink display that continually projects the weather or your calendar, while using Assistant Connect to deliver content from your linked smart speaker", Bronstein explained.

At the end of 2017, Sonso told fans that it planned to integrate Assistant into its Sonos One speaker by the end of 2018. But the big theme for Google Assistant was the vehicle.

For cars with Bluetooth, the JBL Link Drive syncs a smartphone to use the car's stereo system.

It's made up of the vehicle diagnostics dongle and a Bluetooth connected speaker that you can attach to something like your driver-side visor. And it's really similar to what Amazon is doing with the Alexa Connect Kit. It will go on sale this Spring at $59.99 (roughly Rs. 4,200).

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. This featire will start first with domestic flights with United Airlines in the US. Google has partnered with chains like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels and InterContinental Hotels Group, as well as travel services such as Priceline, Expedia, Mirai, and Travelclick to offer a wide range of options.

As for smart displays, "Interpreter mode" will be of great help to, say, a hotel concierge.


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