Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

Hence, now is an excellent time for Google to announce new features for its virtual Assistant. You can also ask for things like news and weather which will show on your TV, and your connected smart home devices will work with the Hopper as well - assuming they are compatible with Google Assistant, of course.

The concept is similar to Google's Pixel Buds, the $159 ear buds Google launched in 2017 that can provide real-time translations in your ears. The feature is exactly what it sounds like - a way to get Google Assistant to translate a different language, making it easier to have a conversation with someone who may otherwise be impacted by the language barrier.

For Android, Google Assistant will also work on SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. The consumers will soon be able to check-in to their flights as well as save or retrieve their boarding pass in Google Assistant on Android phones or iPhone. Since Google Maps already calculates your estimated time of arrival when you're driving, the Assistant now lets you text that arrival time to others, at least if you're using an Android device. With this new Google Maps integration, drivers can use the Assistant to keep their hands on the wheel. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

Google regularly updates its Assistant in an effort to make it smarter and more helpful.

In further good news for Sonos owners Google also said that Google Assistant will also support some earlier models of Sonos speakers.

Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

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

  • Jacqueline Ellis