Google Assistant Interpreter Mode offers real-time spoken translations

A couple of hours prior, Google invited the media to their massive booth in the front parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center to showcase some new features headed to the Google Assistant. The main aim of the new interpreter mode is not just to translate from one language to the other, but to encourage you to have conversations with those who do not speak the same language as you without having to struggle too much.

The Interpreter mode in Google's virtual assistant would be rolled out over the next few weeks on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, the company announced at the CES 2019 here. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate. Case in point: Google set up a musical, Small World-style ride for Assistant that is the very definition of over-the-top. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. At the time, the company said that it was aiming to roll out support for the Google Assistant in 2018.

Google's also making changes to how Google Assistant handles messaging.

Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps.

Google Home devices will soon be able to help you have a conversation in different languages.

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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It's made up of the auto diagnostics dongle and a Bluetooth connected speaker that you can attach to something like your driver-side visor.

Although Android users will get the most out of Google Assistant's integration into Maps, it looks like Google is squarely targeting iOS users, in a bid to lure them away from Apple's own voice assistant Siri.

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up.

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. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

In a related move, Google Assistant will also be able to book hotel rooms for you.

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