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

A woman demonstrates the Artemis smart mirror at the CareOS booth during CES in Las Vegas

A woman demonstrates the Artemis smart mirror at the CareOS booth during CES in Las Vegas

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

Google has announced Yesterday at CES some new features for its virtual personal assistant, Google Assistant.

Credit: GoogleThere's a common thread to the new phone-focused features coming to the Google Assistant, and it's consistent with other improvements Google's making to its digital helper. The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight".

Google Assistant has been around for two and a half years now and has been installed on almost one billion devices globally. 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. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US. We have more coverage of Google and much more from CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

The flight check-in works if you have a flight confirmation in your Gmail.

"And if you know where you want to stay, you can book a room using the Google Assistant with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick - an Amadeus company". The Google Assistant is smart enough to understand the context and the whole experience was very slick.

If you're an Android user, you'll see the biggest changes to messaging via the assistant, which can now read and reply to all messaging notifications you get.

And it's not just limited to regular SMS messages, the features work with popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and others. Meanwhile, applications such as Google Maps would also include Assistant functionality, which will make driving safer.

Google is rolling out Interpreter Mode over the next few weeks to Google Home and Smart Display devices.

Google Assistant Connect is a platform for manufacturers to add Google Assistant into their products in an affordable way.

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