Google Launches Google Maps Assistant Integration for Android and iOS

Google Launches Google Maps Assistant Integration for Android and iOS

Google has announced a platform aimed at building its Google Assistant tool into more third-party devices, as it ramps up its presence at this week's CES conference in Las Vegas to compete with Amazon's Alexa.

Google Assistant is about to get a lot more functional with its ability to work when the phone is locked. If you want something more substantial, the rest of Amazon and Google's Echo and Home devices are also available at various discounts.

Headlined by a new translation feature for the Google Assistant called Interpreter Mode, Google hopes its Assistant can help bridge languages gaps in a smarter and friendlier way.

Google's virtual assistant will tie-up with Google Maps for better navigation.

Google Assistant in cars: Google has worked with companies like JBL and Anker to launch Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive that plug into user's car's socket and enable them to use Google Assistant hands-free.

Google Assistant will soon let people check-in to their flights, save and retrieve their boarding passes.

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

In the coming weeks, the lock screen will display more information when prompted with voice commands.

The Google Home Hub, in particular, is going for $99.99.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building auto accessories with Google Assistant support.

Here's a quick tidbit buried beneath today's deluge of Google Assistant news (not to mention the freakish waking nightmare that is the CES Small World ride). The company also noted that the existing units of both smart speakers will be getting a software update to add the Assistant support.

At the very least, the multiplicity of smart home device controllers that will emerge will create chaos. In order to access it, you've got to tick the box in settings.

While putting Assistant into Maps seems a logical next step within the Google ecosystem, the bigger reason for this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users. The integration also enables users to verbally reply to messages in over half a dozen chat services.

You couldn't go very far without seeing the words "Hey Google" plastered somewhere at CES this week. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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