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Google Assistant makes its way into Google Maps

Google Assistant makes its way into Google Maps

All you need to do to check-in is say "Hey Google, check in to my flight", and Assistant will take care of the rest. Google Assistant is gaining several new features and integrations, many of which have been requested for a while.

Google Assistant might be pretty much a standard option for Android phones, but Google found another way to extend its reach.

Google Assistant is finally coming to Google Maps, with an update to the popular navigation app being rolled out today to users across the world. Google says that support for more partners will come soon. The speaker will begin translating in real-time. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay.

Among the new Google Assistant devices that the search giant talks about in its official blog post, Lenovo's new Smart Clock is probably the most exciting.

Google's Assistant Connect platform has a ton of potential.




Google is rolling out Interpreter Mode over the next few weeks to Google Home and Smart Display devices. While Android users typically have the Assistant preloaded on their devices, it is going to be a bigger deal for iOS devices, which have a massive Maps install base. That extends functionality from Google's Pixel phones to the larger Android ecosystem, a Google rep told me, with any Android device capable of running Assistant being able to take advantage of the new feature. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

Google is also adding assistant support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring and Todoist so that you can manage notes and lists using the virtual assistant.

Kitchen Aid has launched their own smart display that offers a more discreet footprint than those from makers such as JBl and Lenovo. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the US operated by United Airlines.

When you make a request, the Google Assistant must not only understand the language you're using and your speech, but it also has to recognize the intent of what you're asking and the context.