Google Assistant Aims to Eradicate Language Barriers with Its New Interpreter Mode

Calvin Saunders
January 10, 2019

As part of a spate of announcements Tuesday, Google unveiled a new platform called Google Assistant Connect that is created to make it easier for device makers to build low-cost devices that perform specific functions controlled by and integrated with the Google Assistant. After first bringing this to all Google Assistant headphones, the search giant is now bringing that feature to Google Homes and Smart Displays and is calling it Interpreter Mode. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate.

The one friction point we see here is that Google Assistant isn't used to actually control your TV. At CES 2019 alone, so many various devices were launched with Assistant-compatibility. Google says they've developed this feature keeping in mind tourists and people who travel often to various countries and need to communicate with local stuff at hotels during check-in or understand local rules and schedules. It provides you with vehicle diagnostics, responds to crashes, can get you roadside assistance, and allows you to share your location with friends and family. Google Assistant is doing most of the work.

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

The feature is set to roll out within the next few weeks.

The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa.

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

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

The company also announced that future update to the Google Assistant will enable consumers to do flight check-in with just voice commands.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you.

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