Hyatt Announces Participation in Google Assistant Pilot Program

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2018, the annual product event in Las Vegas, the tech giant has been unveiling a handful of travel-related features for its Google Home and related products, including instant translations and flight check-in and booking tools.

Google has revealed that it is baking the Assistant right in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS devices.

Manuel Bronstein, Google's vice president of Google Assistant, has told The Verge in a recent interview that by the end of January, the Google Assistant is expected to be on 1 billion devices across the globe, a number up from 500 million only 7 months back.

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But Google Assistant's latest trick has me re-thinking that for the first time.

You start by saying "Okay Google, German interpreter", (or Spanish, French, etc.), and Google Assistant is able to detect the languages being spoken and translate back to the other person using voice and text. What's more, the Assistant will even auto-punctuate your messages now, so you don't have to dictate punctuation marks as well. The company will offer more information on the platform later this year. The 2019 TVs will gain support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands but only in limited form. More importantly, the experience was good enough that Interpreter Mode actually seems like a viable way to converse with someone you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with - at least for everyday conversations.

What this means is that if you own a Hopper, you can use it to control smart home appliances, check the weather, and, of course, control the Dish box. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant. For example, the Dream Downtown has added two Google Hubs running Google Assistant Interpreter at its check-in front desk and its concierge desk, said Christian Cooper, said Dream Hotel Group vice president of IT. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for dozens of languages and conduct conversations in real time. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Hotel bookings are also limited to just U.S. right now.

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