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Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps

11 January 2019

As of Tuesday, the Google Assistant started rolling out in Google Maps for Android and iOS to help users navigate.

The ride takes you through a series of scenes taking place during a Dads day, showing how the Google Assistant helps him with everything from re-routing his navigation to translating French.

Interestingly, the company also said that "earlier speaker models" will be updated to "work" with the Assistant, so owners of, say, the Play:1, Play:5, Playbase or Playbar could be in luck.

"By bringing the best of Google services and AI to the Assistant, we're focused on building the most helpful digital assistant when you're at home, in your auto or on the go", he said.

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Google Assistant will soon let people check-in to their flights, save and retrieve their boarding passes. The Anker Roav Bolt, JBL Link Drive and the HumX by Verizon were all announced this week at CES, demonstrating Google Assistant capabilities.

A new feature for Google Assistant will allow travelers to use the voice agent to check in for flights, the company announced at CES.

Functions include asking Google Assistant to locate the nearest fuel station, query weather conditions, plus much more. Consumers will need their flight confirmation details and will have to say something like, "Hey Google, check me in to my flight".

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Now translation has been a part of the Google Assistant since the introduction of the Pixel Buds in 2017, but Interpreter Mode brings real-time translation to smart displays and speakers.

While putting Assistant into Maps seems a logical next step within the Google ecosystem, the bigger reason for this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users.

Sonos speakers will be gaining Google Assistant compatibility this year as well. If they plan to stay at a particular hotel or motel, they can book a room using Google Assistant.

The research also highlighted that 65% of respondents are using their voice assistant for activities like making voice calls, playing music and accessing news, instead of their smartphones.

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Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps