Google Assistant Interpreter Mode offers real-time spoken translations

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The same features are likely to hit more cars too, as Qualcomm has showed off a concept vehicle with Alexa built in, and we watched a demo where the assistant was asked to play some rock "n" roll music, which she duly delivered. An addition here, though, is that you will be able to link up with Chromecast for more video and TV control.

In the past year or so, every major consumer electronics exhibition is all about the Google Assistant or Alexa. Google is now bringing this feature to all Android devices in the next few weeks. Already the company said its assistant works with more than 1,600 home automation brands and more than 10,000 devices - though "works", as always, is in the ear of the listener. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices. For example, the Dream Downtown has added two Google Hubs running Google Assistant Interpreter at its check-in front desk and its concierge desk, said Christian Cooper, said Dream Hotel Group vice president of IT. Apple customers are not installing Assistant as a separate app from the Apple Store, but there is a huge install base for Maps. But it's great that Sonos is even contemplating breaking down the voice assistant barriers.

Google Assistant is adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant. 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.

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Google has some bright new ideas for the Google Assistant over 2019. Using the new "Gently Wake Up" feature, the Philips Hue lights in your bedroom will simulate the sunrise 30 mins before your alarm goes off. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

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

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 complexity of the integration has meant that it has taken this long", a spokesperson at Sonos told us. Assistant will also be able to give you notifications for things like check-in. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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