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Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration, Will Launch This Year

Google's virtual assistant has been endowed with a lot of new powers over the previous year, including making bookings on your behalf and screening spam callers. Among the new features is the Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode as well as fresh integration in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS.

Pixel users can access Google Assistant even when their Android device is locked.

Google also showed off the new Lenovo Smart Clock, which can set alarms based on your daily habits or calendar appointments, and wake you with a gentle light.

The Google Home Mini is the cheapest and most affordable version of the speaker and while it offers the same great Assistant functionality as its more premium brothers, it is certainly the weakest of the Home family in terms of sound quality.

Another time-saver coming to Google Assistant will be the ability to check into an upcoming flight with the virtual assistant's help. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

"Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start Interpreter Mode and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation".

What stood out most to me during my brief demo was just how much Google has been able to simplify the complex task of interpretation. Initial partners for that service include Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Mirai and Travelclick. Assistant will also be able to give you notifications for things like check-in. The feature will be rolling out in the next few weeks.

While putting Assistant into Maps seems a logical next step within the Google ecosystem, the bigger reason for this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users.

Google Assistant Connect is a platform for manufacturers to add Google Assistant into their products in an affordable way. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay.

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