Google also introduced a preview of Google Assistant Connect, which enables third-party device makers to more easily integrate the virtual assistant into their products. Google says the Assistant will essentially handle all the "higher-order" computing, making it much easier for device manufacturers to make smart gadgets without needing to build all the headroom for actually implementing a full-on Assistant experience. With the new features of Google Assistant, it can provide useful departure updates, and will soon be able to automate that entire boarding workflow and reduce user hassle.
Apart from airline check-ins, Google Assistant can help users to book a room for a specified hotel, city, and dates.
In the coming weeks, the lock screen will display more information when prompted with voice commands.
The smart clock, which is slated to go on sale in the spring, marks Google's latest foray into smart displays.
"You can ask your Google Assistant to show restaurants nearby, set up and dismiss alarms, schedule reminders and timers without unlocking your phone", reads an excerpt from the same January 8th media release.
Interpreter Mode could potentially drive demand for Google Assistant devices among certain types of companies, notably hotels and retailers, that have global customers to support. To use this solution, hotel guests will identify their language on the Google Home Hub screen and hotel colleagues will activate Interpreter Mode to translate the conversation.
Assistant Connect is set to increase the assistant's presence by building its features into more devices, although, in this case, the devices are created to connect to an existing Assistant device, rather than operating independently. "We're also adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist, when you want to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant", Google said.
There was also the announcement that Sonos has Google Assistant working on the One and the Beam, and it is now in beta.
Users say 'Hey Google, send my ETA, ' and Assistant will text your arrival time to any of your contacts.