Google Assistant breaks language barriers

Doris Richards
January 11, 2019

The Google Assistant will help you hold conversations in dozens of languages.

Google announced that a new feature called Interpreter Mode will be rolling out on Google Home and Smart Displays over the next couple weeks. At CES it announced support for more smart home devices later this year, included appliances, security systems and other connected devices. Older speakers without microphones will also get an update to make them work with Google Assistant in conjunction with Google Home.

Discussing the new feature, Google said: "Speaking a different language no longer has to be a barrier to having a good conversation".

Amazon, which also competes with the likes of Apple, Samsung and IBM in the virtual assistant market, was the first to popularise such services, and in order to catch up, Google has steadily increased its presence at CES in recent years.

Google LLC made its presence known at ‎the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week, introducing a slew of new capabilities and integrations for its voice assistant.

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Google regularly updates its Assistant in an effort to make it smarter and more helpful. All you need to do is just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

One caveat: the property must belong to a participating major brand, such as Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, and InterContinental Hotels Group, or bookable via Priceline and Expedia. For example, if we say "OK Google, be my French interpreter" you can get spoken and written translations (on smart screens) in real time.

Even at this year's CES, some of the company's partners, including Sony, Hisense, Philips, TCL, Skyworth, Xiaomi and Haier, are showcasing Android TV devices that come with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant is also making headway in the automobile arena with forthcoming accessories that plug into a vehicle's socket and connect smartphones to auto stereos via Bluetooth or auxiliary inputs.

According to a report released on January 8th, Google plans to roll out Google Maps Assistant integration for both Android and iOS versions of the popular navigation application.

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