Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS


Google Assistant is gaining several new features and integrations, many of which have been requested for a while. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate.

If you choose to enable it, you can have the Google Assistant on your phone always listening for its hotphrase. At CES 2019 alone, so many various devices were launched with Assistant-compatibility. What's more, the Assistant will even auto-punctuate your messages now, so you don't have to dictate punctuation marks as well.

Another time-saver coming to Google Assistant will be the ability to check into an upcoming flight with the virtual assistant's help.

It rolled out new integrations with Google Maps, where users can operate the app hands-free with just their voice. Other Android devices will gain this feature in the next couple of weeks. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay.

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Apart from the Lenovo Smart Clock, Google has revealed that several other device makers are planning to include the digital assistant in their devices.

Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017. The company also noted that the existing units of both smart speakers will be getting a software update to add the Assistant support. Google says it's looking to save users time by letting them do things more efficiently.

Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in. At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the U.S. operated by United Airlines.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,".