Google Assistant Now Lets You Check-In to Flights by Voice and More

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The Google Home Mini is the cheapest and most affordable version of the speaker and while it offers the same great Assistant functionality as its more premium brothers, it is certainly the weakest of the Home family in terms of sound quality.

Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect from the Google Assistant that will be crossing over the 1 billion device mark by the end of this month. Among the updates comes flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lockscreen to all Android phones.

Finally, Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. That way iPhone owners can get all information hands free without needing the native assistant Siri.

Now, the company, which is attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas, has announced to bring Google Assistant to Google Maps for both Android and iOS phones. The service is being tested only with United for now, but should hit other major airlines soon.

Unfortunately, the American tech giant has not yet discussed plans to add the feature to the Google Assistant on smartphones. Since the Google Assistant is being added to an existing product, we can understand why this is the case, but it's still a bit awkward to have to jump between two different voice platforms. You will also have access to the usual set of Google Assistant features.

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Additionally, and still within the travel theme, Google is rolling out Interpreter Mode over the next few weeks to Google Home and Smart Display devices.

Fortunately, Sonos promised support for the virtual assistant down the road.

Additionally, Anker and JBL are building auto accessories with Google Assistant support. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps.

Saying "Google, check into my flight" will do the trick, presumably if you've got the flight stored on your calendar. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". Google also has devices at the Hyatt in San Francisco and Dream Hotel in New York City. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.