Google announces tons of new features for Google Assistant

Google Assistant on Track to Soon Hit a Billion Devices Milestone

For example, you can just say Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start Interpreter Mode and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation. The JBL Link Drive is similar to Anker Roav Bolt and packs dual-noise cancelling microphones and connect to your vehicle via Bluetooth or an aux cable.

Google is a leader in real-time translation functionality, though the field is still working on the basics.

Google also debuted a $79 Assistant-equipped "smart clock" that's meant for the bedroom and can set alarms based on your calendar, as well as control all your smart home devices. With the new features of Google Assistant, it can provide useful departure updates, and will soon be able to automate that entire boarding workflow and reduce user hassle.

But a blog post in November put the dampeners on this, explaining that "the reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019".

Google said that monthly and daily active users have quadrupled over the past year although it did not provide the number of people who use Google Assistant regularly. Do let us know in the comments section.

Google regularly updates its Assistant in an effort to make it smarter and more helpful.

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AT&T said data traffic on its mobile network has grown more than 470,000% since 2007 with video making up half of mobile data. An AT&T announcement yesterday said that its real 5G network will be ready nationwide in early 2020, using sub-6GHz spectrum.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building auto accessories with Google Assistant support.

Irrigation products and water leak sensors are also on the horizon for Google Assistant, including LeakSmart Leak and Flood Protection, Flo by Moen, Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Rain Bird Smart WiFi Controllers and Orbit's B-Hyve.

Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist will also have expanded functions with Assistant to record additional notes for a trip.

Most of the white-clad Google workers I approached declined to be interviewed, because they said to refer questions from the press to Google's communications department.

"It's clear the designs didn't anticipate multiple devices very well", he told TechNewsWorld. And it's really similar to what Amazon is doing with the Alexa Connect Kit. Everybody and their mothers (and a few relatives) are rushing to make their products "smart" by integrating them with either the Assistant or Alexa.

This year, Amazon Echo's market share will drop to 63.3 percent while Google Home will take 31 percent, eMarketer predicted. "Having all these speakers connected to a company that sells your information doesn't sound particularly wise at all".

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