Google Assistant’s new ‘Interpreter Mode’ serves as real-time translator for hotel guests

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We'll be bringing you hands-on of as many products as we can hunt down but Google has also previewed some really great upcoming features as well as new forms of the Assistant that will be hitting the market over the next few months.

In a press briefing overnight Google has finally confirmed that Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam although they did not specify a date, which of course is disappointing but we suspect, and hope, that they left this to Sonos to take the glory on.

In announcing this milestone, Google highlighted the myriad capabilities added to Assistant throughout 2018. Google expects other airlines to add support for the feature, too. With Interpreter Mode feature in Google Home devices and Smart Displays, Google Assistant can help you have a conversation in different languages.

Google's also making changes to how Google Assistant handles messaging.

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Now, Google Maps users on iOS and Android will be able to ask for navigation assistance with their voice. On Android, Assistant will work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and others, though Google cautions that functionality will vary by service. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices. Two of their first devices will be Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive.

Travelers can save and retrieve their boarding pass using their phone, and Google Assistant will send a notification when the plane is ready for boarding. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". 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.

For example, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th". Hotel bookings are also limited to just United States right now. And looking further down the road in 2019, Google also teased its Google Assistant Connect program that looks to help device makers create fun new Google Assistant-devices like the small e-ink-based screen and cardboard button the company had on display at its booth.

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