New Google Assistant features coming in 2019

Google Assistant Connect e-ink display concept at CES 2019

Sonos is one of the most synonymous names in high quality connected audio but has been a little late in adding support for digital assistants. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm now covers just about everything. It had initially rolled out via Google's Pixel and Pixel XL, but most may have noticed that it has slowly crept into other consumer electronic devices such as smart TVs, speakers, tablets and more. Gone are the days when travelers need heavy dictionaries in foreign languages to talk to the natives as artificial intelligence just made it possible to converse with other people from different places by just uttering a few words to command your gadget.

Google Assistant is available through opt-in. It's part of a big promotional booth for the Google Assistant, which is the thing that talks back to you when you talk to your phone or Google home. But you can avoid this issue by setting it up to respond only to your own voice. They also will be able to set up and dismiss alarms, schedule reminders and timers, and view answers to personal queries such as traffic and calendar updates.

"By bringing the best of Google services and AI to the Assistant, we're focussed on building the most helpful digital assistant when you're at home, in your vehicle, or on the go", said the company in its blog.

Harman-owned JBL has unveiled its new "Link Drive" at CES 2019 - a universal auto accessory which brings Google Assistant to virtually any vehicle. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

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The company also announced that future update to the Google Assistant will enable consumers to do flight check-in with just voice commands. After checking in, the traveler can say to the Assistant 'Hey Google, show me my boarding pass, ' without having to know the confirmation number. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps.

Unfortunately, the American tech giant has not yet discussed plans to add the feature to the Google Assistant on smartphones.

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