Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

You can say, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", to see pricing and availability, and pay through Google Pay.

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

In a demonstration at the Las Vegas exhibit, Google showed how its new Interpreter feature can be used to break down language barriers in real-time conversations.

Each variant of the Google Home is appealing for different reasons.

Google Assistant is winning the platform war when it comes to mobile phones but still has some catching up to do in the smart home market. You can just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight", Google will automatically retrieve your flight confirmation number from your mail and start the check-in process. But Interpreter Mode is better still, because it allows both people to benefit from Google's translation abilities.

Google also talked at length about how Assistant is increasingly helpful on the go. Google are TODAY starting to roll out new functionality while navigating in Google Maps.

When you are driving Assistant will calculate your ETA from Google Maps if you want to send it to your friends.

The Silicon Valley giant took the wraps off the latest updates to Assistant on Tuesday as it officially opened its 18,000-square-foot booth at the Consumer Electronics Show - the highlight of which is an amusement park-style ride that takes after Disney's "A Small World".

Google are hoping to expand this service to more places allowing you to check in at a foreign hotel or to help you understand the bus or train timetable. You can control music playback, enable navigation, read and reply to messages, make calls, ask about your day ahead, and more - everything you expect from Google's hands-free helper.

The company will announce more details about Assistant Connect later this year.

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