Google announces big plans for voice assistant at CES 2019

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On the other hand, at CES 2019, Google also presented the new Google Assistant interpreter mode which permits users to translate phrases in real-time. After opting-in through your settings, you can ask your Google Assistant to show restaurants nearby, set up and dismiss alarms, schedule reminders and timers without unlocking your phone.

The Google Assistant Connect platform was just one of a slew of Google Assistant announcements at CES, which is also showcasing artificial intelligence in a number of other fields, including navigation and safety features for cars and improving TV video quality.

2019 now on in Las Vegas, Google has unveiled a new feature: the "interpreter mode" in Google Assistant, its voice-based Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Interpreter mode is a new feature that is expected to be rolled out as an update over a couple of weeks on Google Home device and smart displays.

Background: This isn't Google's first go at real-time translation. For example, if we say "OK Google, be my French interpreter" you can get spoken and written translations (on smart screens) in real time.

Assistant Connect is Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa Connect Kit, a hardware module that simplifies the process of building devices that feature the popular Alexa virtual assistant.

In the surprisingly smooth demonstration, a Dailymail.com reporter speaking English was able to carry out a conversation with Google's Italian-speaking exhibitor without any hiccups.

During CES 2019, Sonos announced that the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will integrate Google Assistant.

The company is embarking on a bold plan to bring Google Assistant to millions of iPhones.

To open Google Maps while driving, you'll just have to say "OK Google, take me home".

We're still waiting for Sonos to launch support for the Google Assistant, but we're now getting more details as to what that will entail when it finally arrives. No, not really (at least not yet), but the company DID build a dark ride for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES) this year.

New voice commands make it possible to search for notable spots alongside the designated travel route, play music and share an estimated time of arrival with contacts.

"On Android, the Assistant works with messaging services from the following providers: SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more".

Google partnered with Lenovo to produce the 4-inch Smart Clock, which comes with a touchscreen that automatically adjusts based on the room's brightness, so that it "gently wakes" users up in the morning.

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