Google Assistant’s new features make it more useful for travelers

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 9, 2019

Overnight they have taken the wraps off all the new goodies that we should expect to see on our favourite virtual assistant this year.

It didn't say when, but as Google's announcement focused on the brand's 2019 activity, we know it'll be sometime this year.

Then, each person in the conversation can take turns speaking in their own language, and Google Assistant will read out the correct translation.

It rolled out new integrations with Google Maps, where users can operate the app hands-free with just their voice.

After the update you will be able to "share your ETA with friends and family, reply to text messages, play music and podcasts, search for places along your route, add a new stop and auto-punctuate your message". Capstone has a new smart mirror that has the Google Assistant included, but there's no word on pricing or availability yet. Domestic passengers in the U.S. can say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight" on Android or iOS and Assistant will take care of the necessary steps.

You will not even have to remember the flight number and Assistant will even remind you when a flight is ready for check-in. 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. Along with that Google will be adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to "keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant".

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You can check out all the new updates to Google Assistant here.

Now, Google Maps users on iOS and Android will be able to ask for navigation assistance with their voice.

Google is rolling out Interpreter Mode over the next few weeks to Google Home and Smart Display devices.

Google stated the feature will arrive on Google Home devices "over the next few weeks".

As usual, though, you'll notice some differences in the Google Maps/Assistant experience depending on what kind of device you're using.

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