Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
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Google Assistant Interpreter Mode offers real-time spoken translations

Google Assistant Interpreter Mode offers real-time spoken translations

Hence, now is an excellent time for Google to announce new features for its virtual Assistant.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, a number of companies announced they would be adding Google Assistant to their connected devices. The Google Assistant on your smart speaker handles the "higher-order computing" and then uses Assistant Connect to deliver that information to the linked device.

It didn't say when, but as Google's announcement focused on the brand's 2019 activity, we know it'll be sometime this year.

A live demonstration showed just how the system works; simply say the command to initiate - for example, "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" - and Google Assistant will jump into Interpreter Mode.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,".

Talking about the third-party integration, it includes Dish Hopper integration, Google Assistant for Sonos speakers, KitchenAid Smart Display, Samsung TV integration, Philips Hue integration and much more.

As usual, though, you'll notice some differences in the Google Maps/Assistant experience depending on what kind of device you're using. The feature is exactly what it sounds like - a way to get Google Assistant to translate a different language, making it easier to have a conversation with someone who may otherwise be impacted by the language barrier. So you don't need to worry about Google watching you sleep.

Not all phones have the ability to unlock a device but soon, with an opt-in within your settings, Google Assistant will be able to respond to you when the phone is locked.

The feature is set to roll out within the next few weeks. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it.

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