Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

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You can check out all the new updates to Google Assistant here.

Spotted by Android Authority, Google's Home line of smart speakers and Home Hub smart display are all now on sale at Best Buy. Now Google have let the cat out of the bag and Assistant is finally making its way to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam. Everybody and their mothers (and a few relatives) are rushing to make their products "smart" by integrating them with either the Assistant or Alexa.

Real-time machine-assisted translated conversations are becoming increasingly popular, though options are still limited.

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Google Assistant on Maps will allow users to do things like search for places when they en route, add a stop to their route, reply to text messages, play music, share their ETA with family and friends, etc. all with their voice.

Google has revealed that it is baking the Assistant right in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS devices. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay. Google is helping change that by deploying Interpreter Mode for Google Assistant - it will support "dozens" of languages when it arrives, including commonly spoken ones like Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, and French. The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight".

Google may be expanding the powers of its digital assistant for home devices and automotive accessories, but it hasn't forgotten about the smartphone.

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"On Android, the Assistant works with messaging services from the following providers: SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more", reads an excerpt from the same January 8th media release. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

But Google Assistant's latest trick has me re-thinking that for the first time.

Plus, Google Assistant will help you book your hotel room in the United States too. You will also have access to the usual set of Google Assistant features. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

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