Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration, Will Launch This Year

Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration, Will Launch This Year

After a few, brief announcements, we were invited to take a ride on the Google Assistant Ride and it was, well, interesting to say the least.

"Starting to roll out today, the Assistant can help you navigate in Google Maps for Android and iOS".

According to a January 8th, 2019 media release, users will be able to ask Assistant to share trip ETAs, reply to text messages, play music and podcast, search for places along a route and even auto-punctuate messages.

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. 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. The company will offer more information on the platform later this year.

All the while, translations in both languages popped up on the display of its Google Home Hub. Google says that support for more partners will come soon. Via these external devices you give commands to control basic TV functions such as turning on/off your TV or launch apps. Each of the two human speakers gets to hear their words automatically translated. He also highlighted that the Assistant now works in 30 languages and is available in 80 countries, with the number of global active users growing four times year over year.

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up. Domestic passengers in the USA can say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight" on Android or iOS and Assistant will take care of the necessary steps. 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. "The complexity of the integration has meant that it has taken this long", a spokesperson at Sonos told us. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the global consumers.

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