CES 2019: Google Assistant gets smarter with new interpretation and navigation tools

The search giant posted the trigger phrase for its Google Assistant software in giant letters above a main entrance to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Functions include asking Google Assistant to locate the nearest fuel station, query weather conditions, plus much more. Connect uses our existing smart home platform to expand to new device types while making device setup and discovery simple for people. And it's all voice-activated, which is either great or awful, depending on whether or not you anticipate your kids will mess with it as much as they can.

The original Google Home smart speaker is on sale for $89. Set alarms and timers, add items to your to-do list, and control compatible smart home devices. There were at least three Google Home-like devices announced at the show (by JBL, Anker and Verizon), created to bring the Assistant to your auto, so you can use it for navigation, music, and much more.

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US DTH broadcaster DISH has revealed that it's building the Google Assistant into its Hopper family of receivers. That's not a surprise, as Amazon acquired Ring past year and ever since then, customers have been wondering if support for Google Assistant would be coming. Google says that while the feature is available only for Pixel users at the moment, it will soon be available on other Android devices in the coming few weeks. It even has a Google Assistant whose responses can either be read or said aloud.

The Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers won't simply play music but will allow users to control tracks, podcasts and radio stations without the need of a smartphone. The company lets outside developers extend Google Assistant's capabilities and works with hardware makers to integrate the service into their devices.

Lenovo is one of those such brands working to expand the smart home experience. The company announced today that the smart assistant will be accessible on more Android phone lock screens. Plenty To Be Seen Ben Schoon of 9to5Google will be taking a tour of Google's CES 2019 massive booth but he already noted that "there's already plenty to be seen".

Virtual personal assistants (VPAs) have been pushing into the automotive market, according to IHS Markit. As Siri is built into your iPhone, the Google Assistant comes pre-installed on most Android phones, or you can download it yourself for Android or iOS.

The Assistant will notify users proactively when it's time to check in.

Apart from airline check-ins, Google Assistant can help users to book a room for a specified hotel, city, and dates. Google also promises to bring support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. And Todoist, for help keeping track of itineraries with notes and lists in the Google Assistant.

Vanessa Coleman