Google Home upgrade: Your smart speaker is set for a colossal improvement

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Verizon's HumX, their connected auto solution that keeps track of vehicle diagnostics, location, gas mileage, and more, is getting Google Assistant, the company announced at CES 2019. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge.

Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year.

In a demonstration at the Las Vegas exhibit, Google showed how its new Interpreter feature can be used to break down language barriers in real-time conversations. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate.

For example, Android and iOS Google Maps users will be able to use the Assistant and their voice to reply to text messages, play music or podcasts and communicate to their friends and family the time they expect to reach their destination.

Google has been demoing the feature at the American show and is branding the function as a way to have conversation with people from other nationalities, even if you are not fluent in their spoken language. Soon, Google Assistant will allow you to check in to your flight, save and retrieve your boarding pass. At the moment, this is only available on Pixel phones but other Android devices will get this feature in the coming weeks. Buckle up and hop aboard the Google Assistant Ride!

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.

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Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017.

In further good news for Sonos owners Google also said that Google Assistant will also support some earlier models of Sonos speakers.

Users say 'Hey Google, send my ETA, ' and Assistant will text your arrival time to any of your contacts.

Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase.

Also, the Assistant will also intuitively notify you when the flight is ready for check-in.

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