The days of arriving at a hotel when overseas only to be lost for words when unable to understand the receptionist could be over after Google unveiled a real-life Babel fish system for translating foreign languages. The list of supported languages hasn't been provided yet, but gradually most widely spoken languages should be available in interpreter mode.
Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up.
Now, Google Maps users on iOS and Android will be able to ask for navigation assistance with their voice. Once you've done that, you can view your boarding pass in Google Pay by saying "Hey Google, show me my boarding pass".
Among the new Google Assistant devices that the search giant talks about in its official blog post, Lenovo's new Smart Clock is probably the most exciting.
Thanks to its noise-cancelling mic, the Bolt can pick up your voice commands clearly while the Assistant acts on them.
Interestingly, the company also said that "earlier speaker models" will be updated to "work" with the Assistant, so owners of, say, the Play:1, Play:5, Playbase or Playbar could be in luck. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.
Starting today, concierges at Caesar's Palace will be armed with Google Home Hubs ready to employ the new Interpreter Mode that can translate 27 languages. Using the new "Gently Wake Up" feature, the Philips Hue lights in your bedroom will simulate the sunrise 30 mins before your alarm goes off.
People have been wanting Google Assistant to be able to do flight check-ins for a long time and it's finally coming.
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. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.
For Google, the hotel partnerships are just a pilot program, for now.