Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Google Assistant Now Lets You Check-In to Flights by Voice and More

Google Assistant Now Lets You Check-In to Flights by Voice and More

One of the highlight features of Google's Pixel Buds is its ability to translate conversations in real-time. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate. Additionally, the Mountain View-based company showed off a cute little Smart Clock from Lenovo as well as a bunch of upcoming auto accessories from Anker and JBL that will include Google Assistant. The company said it expected to hit a billion devices with Assistant by the end of the month on over 10,000 different devices from more than 1,000 brands. Google says they've developed this feature keeping in mind tourists and people who travel often to various countries and need to communicate with local stuff at hotels during check-in or understand local rules and schedules. As they don't have microphones to pick up voice commands, though, you'll nearly certainly need a microphone-toting middle-man device (such as a smartphone or Google Assistant smart speaker) to control it. Google is helping change that by deploying Interpreter Mode for Google Assistant - it will support "dozens" of languages when it arrives, including commonly spoken ones like Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, and French.

Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types. You will also have access to the usual set of Google Assistant features. Buckle up and hop aboard the Google Assistant Ride!

All of us know about the annoying flight check-in process.

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,". At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the US operated by United Airlines.

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