As part of a spate of announcements Tuesday, Google unveiled a new platform called Google Assistant Connect that is created to make it easier for device makers to build low-priced devices that perform specific functions controlled by and integrated with the Google Assistant. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge.
Real-time machine-assisted translated conversations are becoming increasingly popular, though options are still limited. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it.
The consumers can also save and retrieve boarding pass, all with the Google Assistant on Android or iOS.
What stood out most to me during my brief demo was just how much Google has been able to simplify the complex task of interpretation.
Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.
Apart from the Lenovo Smart Clock, Google has revealed that several other device makers are planning to include the digital assistant in their devices. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay.
The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa.
Google Assistant is adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant. It can connect with any car's on-board infotainment system via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable.
Using the mode is simple: users will just say, "Hey Google, be my [language] interpreter", which will prompt Google Assistant to begin listening to the conversation.
Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up.
Saying "Google, check into my flight" will do the trick, presumably if you've got the flight stored on your calendar.
For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,".