CES 2019: Google Assistant plans introduced; How about Android 10.zero Q?

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You can just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight", Google will automatically retrieve your flight confirmation number from your mail and start the check-in process. The tool will also fetch digital boarding passes.

That said, companies making smart home devices "need to understand that technology burnout is real", Strategy Analytics' Narcotta said.

The device - specifically engineered for automobiles - plugs into a 12V accessory port (cigarette lighter), allowing users to call upon Google Assistant without interacting with their phone. The Sonos One and Sonos Beam both have Alexa control but it's always been mooted that they will get Google Assistant, too. If they plan to stay at a particular hotel or motel, they can book a room using Google Assistant. It is striving to make other properties available for voice-powered booking via tech integrations with providers like Mirai and Amadeus-backed TravelClick. Google is demonstrating Interpreter Mode at the concierge desks of several hotels before a wider rollout.

Although Google Assistant will soon be available on ten times as many devices, Amazon Alexa is supported by almost three times as many smart home products.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,".

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Topping it all off is a real-time voice translation capability dubbed Interpreter Mode.

Google has been demoing the feature at the American show and is branding the function as a way to have conversation with people from other nationalities, even if you are not fluent in their spoken language.

The details: You don't have to state which language you're speaking, as the software can tell (if it's one of the 27 languages it supports).

We suspect that no device on the market can provide accurate, real-time translations between languages beyond the slowest and most elementary types of exchanges.

CES has become an important staging ground for Google as it pushes its hardware products to compete with gear from the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. And looking further down the road in 2019, Google also teased its Google Assistant Connect program that looks to help device makers create fun new Google Assistant-devices like the small e-ink-based screen and cardboard button the company had on display at its booth.

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