Sonos speakers will be gaining Google Assistant compatibility this year as well.
Google announced that a new feature called Interpreter Mode will be rolling out on Google Home and Smart Displays over the next couple weeks. 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. Some of these languages are Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Thai, and Korean.
Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. Everybody and their mothers (and a few relatives) are rushing to make their products "smart" by integrating them with either the Assistant or Alexa. What's more, the Assistant will even auto-punctuate your messages now, so you don't have to dictate punctuation marks as well.
The company said more airlines would be participating soon.
Unfortunately, the American tech giant has not yet discussed plans to add the feature to the Google Assistant on smartphones. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.
That ability to read out and reply to texts will come in handy now that you can access Google Assistant from the Google Maps app, hopefully reducing the risk of distracted driving. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant. 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.
Google Assistant might be pretty much a standard option for Android phones, but Google found another way to extend its reach.
The flight check-in works if you have a flight confirmation in your Gmail. Domestic passengers in the USA can say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight" on Android or iOS and Assistant will take care of the necessary steps. 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. Hotel bookings are also limited to just United States right now.