Google Assistant comes to Maps for Android, iOS

CES 2019 is a showcase for new technology gadgets and gizmos

CES 2019 is a showcase for new technology gadgets and gizmos

Google Assistant can now help you check-in to your flight, and save and retrieve your boarding pass. Some of the new features announced would be really helpful for millions of people around the world. Google says that support for more partners will come soon. With Interpreter Mode feature in Google Home devices and Smart Displays, Google Assistant can help you have a conversation in different languages.

In Android, Google Assistant works with messaging systems such as SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and others.

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

However, Android phones will still make up the majority of Google Assistant's install base.

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Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. This Smart Clock - unveiled at CES 2019 - comes with 4-inch touchscreen and will go on sale this Spring with a price-tag of $79 (roughly Rs. 5,500). The JBL Link Drive is similar to Anker Roav Bolt and packs dual-noise cancelling microphones and connect to your vehicle via Bluetooth or an aux cable. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building vehicle accessories with Google Assistant support. Assistant will also be able to give you notifications for things like check-in. Soon, you'll be able to use the Assistant even when your phone's screen is locked as well as check into flights directly from the Assistant.

Earlier this year, Google launched the Home Hub that's basically a voice-activated touchscreen mounted on top of a stand and can play YouTube videos, show recipes and handle other common commands like showing the weather, traffic updates and more. You can say, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th", to see pricing and availability, and pay through Google Pay. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

It rolled out new integrations with Google Maps, where users can operate the app hands-free with just their voice.

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