Google Launches Google Maps Assistant Integration for Android and iOS

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The 1 billion figure is significantly up from the 500 million devices Google Assistant was on in May 2018.

Google Assistant is coming to a range of new devices, including Instant Pot's Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker, Sub Zero's refrigerator and wine store, Wolf E-Series and M-Series ovens, Cove dishwashers and the U by Moen shower.

We're still holding out hope that Sonos will go further with its adoption of the Google Assistant than it has with Alexa, however.

Google also showed off the new Lenovo Smart Clock, which can set alarms based on your daily habits or calendar appointments, and wake you with a gentle light.

The new interpretation tool will launch when users say phrases such as "Hey Google, be my French interpreter", and will give real time spoken and written translation to aid conversation, Google says.

Google also had a massive booth to showcase how the Assistant works with products from TVs to auto dashboards. You can find all the new features below. About 21% of US adults said they owned a smart speaker, such as an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod.

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While the Assistant has always been able to do quick translation of few words, it wasn't of much help during a conversation.

"This is really showing that the Assistant is available across the devices that really matter to you", Google's head of product and design for Search and Assistant Nick Fox said. No "Hey Google" support, unfortunately, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that in an updated model. The Assistant now also have the potency to become the interpreter for dozens of languages.

For commuters, it not just about the getting to new places, it's about to get into the place on time.

Google's push "is mostly a fight between Google and Amazon" for this huge market, Enderle told TechNewsWorld.

According to a report released on January 8th, Google plans to roll out Google Maps Assistant integration for both Android and iOS versions of the popular navigation application. Most products incorporating voice control "also run Alexa, and, given Alexa's penetration, it will be the dominant assistant on them for the foreseeable future".

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