Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode turns your speaker into a translator: CES 2019

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Including Google Assistant in Android TV.

Android TV made a pretty big impact this week at CES as well, with Hisense, Panasonic and Sony all making Android TV announcements. Now, gadgets can achieve all that by simplifying connecting to an existing Google Assistant device in a user's home.

There was also the announcement that Sonos has Google Assistant working on the One and the Beam, and it is now in beta.

Have full control over their smart kitchen appliances and entire smart home ecosystem. By just saying, "Hey Google, take me home", the Assistant will immediately guide you on the most convenient route home.

Verizon offers the Hum as a connected add-on to cars, allowing you to monitor your vehicle's status, serve up LTE data via a mobile hotspot, and more. These include select Whirlpool connected appliances, GE's smart microwave, and security products from August. Perhaps more importantly, though, it will introduce millions of Google Maps users on iPhone to the offering. "The Google Assistant handles the higher-order computing - knowing what's on the calendar, checking for updates and so on".

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Virtual personal assistants (VPAs) have been pushing into the automotive market, according to IHS Markit. Active users have quadrupled in size during the past year, according to the company.

In the area of travel, Google announced that Assistant will also soon be able to check you into your flight, which means instead of digging through emails to find your confirmation number, you can bark at the AI helper to "check in to my flight". All you need to do is just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

The Assistant will notify users proactively when it's time to check in.

If you know which hotel you want to stay, you can book a room using the Google Assistant with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick - an Amadeus company. Google also announced support for McAfee's Secure Home Platform, Rheem's Econet Smart Thermostat, the Côr 7C thermostat by Carrier, eMotorWerk's JuiceBox Level 2 and SolarEdge's EV Charging Solar Inverter. The company also noted that the existing units of both smart speakers will be getting a software update to add the Assistant support. Philips Hue smart light bulbs will also gain a new feature called "gentle wake up" that simulates the sunrise 30 minutes before a morning alarm. "Our core focus is to make a product that can understand everything you say, can hear you, can convert those intents into actions and help you fulfill them", vice president of product for Google Assistant Manuel Bronstein said.

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