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Google Assistant Gets Huge Feature Boost

Paul Rubens - January 9, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Google Assistant Gets Huge Feature Boost
Travelers can ask Google Assistant to check them into U.S. domestic flights or book them a hotel room.

(CCM) — Google has announced a bundle of features which give its Assistant new navigation, travel, and translation powers, TNW is reporting.

Users of Google Maps on iOS and Android can now make direct requests like "Hey Google, take me home," prompting Assistant to open Google Maps and provide directions. It is also now possible to play music or podcasts, or search for places along the route, by asking the Assistant from within the Maps app, the report says.

Assistant can now help travelers by checking them into U.S. domestic flights and storing boarding passes. To check in, users simply say "Hey Google, check in to my flight." The Assistant can also notify travelers when their check-in becomes available for their flights so that they can carry out the procedure manually if they prefer.

Google Assistant can also book a room for the night at chains including Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, and InterContinental Hotels Group. To do this, users say "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Fairmont Hotel in Austin on March 27th" to see availability and room prices. Google has partnered with travel services including Priceline, Expedia, and Travelclick to offer various options.

Finally, Google Home and smart display devices with the Assistant can now call on interpretation services to help with a dozen languages, according to the report. This will provide real-time spoken translations in these languages, with a further 15 languages due to be added in the near future.

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