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Google Assistant coming to Sonos One, Beam and 'earlier' speakers

Google Assistant coming to Sonos One, Beam and 'earlier' speakers Google Assistant coming to Sonos One, Beam and 'earlier' speakers
Melba Vasquez | 09 January, 2019, 18:10

In 2019, Google has already introduced Assistant integration with Google Maps, flight check-ins, hotel bookings, and greater language translation capabilities. Google Assistant is gaining several new features and integrations, many of which have been requested for a while.

While the platform will no doubt arrive on much more kit this year, we now know that will include some Sonos speakers. Google notes that the Connect platform expands on the existing smart home platform to add more device types.

The Interpreter mode in Google's virtual assistant would be rolled out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, the company announced at the CES 2019 here.

Building on Google translate, the Assistant will soon be able to translate in real time from 27 language choices. 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.

Also, the Assistant will also intuitively notify you when the flight is ready for check-in. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. Anywhere people from around the world come together - airports, stadiums, museums, etc. - could be a target for Google.

Kitchen Aid has launched their own smart display that offers a more discreet footprint than those from makers such as JBl and Lenovo. 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. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

Meanwhile, for all your bedside requests, Google also showed off Lenovo's new Smart Clock which puts all of the Assistant's features in a handy $80 (£63) companion (UK pricing and availability TBA).

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