Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

Yolanda Curtis
January 9, 2019

The days of arriving at a hotel when overseas only to be lost for words when unable to understand the receptionist could be over after Google unveiled a real-life Babel fish system for translating foreign languages.

According to the company, the Assistant in Maps will allow the consumers to share their ETA with friends and family, reply to text messages, play music, search for places, and add a new stop in navigation. For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", for instance, and it will show you pricing options and availability within Assistant, which you can book using Google Pay credentials.

Google says hotel booking is now available to Assistant users in the USA on Android and iOS. Once checked in, you can get your boarding pass right in Assistant's interface, then continue on your way to an overbooked flight where you'll undoubtedly be forcibly removed from the plane, resulting in what could be a very lucrative settlement.

Integration with a wider range of products will certainly help Google Assistant reach one billion devices.

Officially coming later this year, manufacturers can learn more about Assistant Connect here. We heard nothing about the update until August of 2018, when the company told us it was delaying Google support until the holidays.

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Starting today, concierges at Caesar's Palace will be armed with Google Home Hubs ready to employ the new Interpreter Mode that can translate 27 languages.

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You start by saying "Okay Google, German interpreter", (or Spanish, French, etc.), and Google Assistant is able to detect the languages being spoken and translate back to the other person using voice and text.

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). Google says the service rolls out to phones in the next few days, with United Airlines offering the feature first for domestic flights. Hotel bookings are also limited to just USA right now.

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