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

A woman demonstrates the Artemis smart mirror at the CareOS booth during CES in Las Vegas

It's true. Google's Amazon Alexa-rivalling voice assistant has cropped up on the spec sheets of many products announced at CES this week, including Samsung TVs, JBL's Link Bar and the Klipsch Dolby Atmos soundbar. After opting-in through your settings, you can ask your Google Assistant to show restaurants nearby, set up and dismiss alarms, schedule reminders and timers without unlocking your phone.

Additionally, Whirlpool previewed its KitchenAid Smart Display which is essentially a water-resistant tablet that guides you through recipes using the Google Assistant. Here are the most notable changes that'll help you in your daily interaction with Google Assistant. At the moment, this is only available on Pixel phones but other Android devices will get this feature in the coming weeks.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you. For the time being, it's only available on the Google Home Hub and third-party smart displays. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in. If you're in a foreign county or meeting with a person who does not speak the same language as you, the Google Assistant can be used as a translator, or more so as an interpreter in order to get real-time translations of words and sentences as and when you speak in the form of voice output as well as text on screen to aid the conversation.

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The Silicon Valley giant took the wraps off the latest updates to Assistant on Tuesday as it officially opened its 18,000-square-foot booth at the Consumer Electronics Show - the highlight of which is an amusement park-style ride that takes after Disney's "A Small World". If you want to try it out right now, Google is piloting the feature at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas' concierge desk, at the Hyatt in San Francisco, and the Dream Downtown in New York City.

And it's not just limited to regular SMS messages, the features work with popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and others. Starting in 2019, Bixby will be a separate setting in the menu enabling users to set it independently of the user interface language and thus use it in English - although with some limitations in functionality. This Smart Clock - unveiled at CES 2019 - comes with 4-inch touchscreen and will go on sale this Spring with a price-tag of $79 (roughly Rs. 5,500).

In the meantime, there are still a number of people in the US who have yet to purchase a smart speaker or a smart display.

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