Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages


The Google Assistant now lives in more than 1 billion devices, but the company wants to put it in a whole lot more.

Google highlighted its partnership with Sonos as part of a broader publicity push for the Google Assistant at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday morning.

Google is bringing the Google Assistant to Google Maps on Android and iPhone.

Discussing the new feature, Google said: "Speaking a different language no longer has to be a barrier to having a good conversation".

It's not just small and cheap devices where this new program comes into play.

Google Assistant is about to get smarter with a new Interpreter mode that would help users have a real-time conversation in almost 27 languages.

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The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. Google Assistant is gaining several new features and integrations, many of which have been requested for a while. Everybody and their mothers (and a few relatives) are rushing to make their products "smart" by integrating them with either the Assistant or Alexa. For example, if we say "OK Google, be my French interpreter" you can get spoken and written translations (on smart screens) in real time. The speaker will begin translating in real-time. Google says that support for more partners will come soon.

Unfortunately, the American tech giant has not yet discussed plans to add the feature to the Google Assistant on smartphones. The main aim of the new interpreter mode is not just to translate from one language to the other, but to encourage you to have conversations with those who do not speak the same language as you without having to struggle too much.

The flight check-in works if you have a flight confirmation in your Gmail.

"We see this technology expanding to more places - it could help you check in at a foreign hotel or help you understand the bus schedule".

During its event, Google also announced youll be able to manage flights with Assistant, including checking in getting a digital boarding pass. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you.