Move Over Alexa, Google Assistant on Sonos Is Worth the Wait

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Google is making a lot of interesting announcements at CES this year, mainly with regards to the Google Assistant.

In a test with United for domestic flights, Google Assistant will soon be able to check US -based travelers for their flights. But reports of tests by others at CES suggest that the performance is about the same, though now Google is supporting 27 languages. Today's update includes new features such as flight check-ins, hotel booking, a new language interpreter mode, and the extension of Assistant on the lock screen to all Android phones. The Google Assistant is smart enough to understand the context and the whole experience was very slick. For example, the Google Home Hub smart display is priced at $99 for a $50 (or 34%) discount.

Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017. The company will offer more information on the platform later this year. All you need to do is just say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

Among the new Google Assistant devices that the search giant talks about in its official blog post, Lenovo's new Smart Clock is probably the most exciting. The company said it expected to hit a billion devices with Assistant by the end of the month on over 10,000 different devices from more than 1,000 brands. The Home Hub allows you to view YouTube, watch recipes brought to life, and monitor the stream from your smart security camera all on the unit's 7-inch touchscreen display. If your handset is locked, though, you have to unlock it before the Assistant responds to you. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant. Domestic passengers in the United States can say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight" on Android or iOS and Assistant will take care of the necessary steps.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

As well, Google is piloting the new feature at Dream Downtown in New York City and Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. "The complexity of the integration has meant that it has taken this long", a spokesperson at Sonos told us.

Plus, Google Assistant will help you book your hotel room in the U.S. too. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the global consumers.

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