Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Assistant Now Lets You Check Into Flights with Your Voice

Google Assistant Now Lets You Check Into Flights with Your Voice

Google says it's looking to save users time by letting them do things more efficiently. That extends functionality from Google's Pixel phones to the larger Android ecosystem, a Google rep told me, with any Android device capable of running Assistant being able to take advantage of the new feature.

Users say 'Hey Google, send my ETA, ' and Assistant will text your arrival time to any of your contacts.

Officially coming later this year, manufacturers can learn more about Assistant Connect here. That way iPhone owners can get all information hands free without needing the native assistant Siri. But between the never-ending string of new devices, deeper integration, and nifty new features, the Google Assistant looks like it's making an extra big push for 2019. Google notes that the Connect platform expands on the existing smart home platform to add more device types.

Discussing the new feature, Google said: "Speaking a different language no longer has to be a barrier to having a good conversation".

The feature is set to roll out within the next few weeks. Like, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers will be getting the Assistant. For cars without Bluetooth, the Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive can connect via any 3.5mm AUX port and provide benefits such as better listening and hearing capabilities even when in traffic or listening to loud music.

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These include Dish's "Hopper" receivers, auto adapters from Anker and JBL, connected TVs from Samsung, and a smart display from KitchenAid. 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.

Earlier this year, Google launched the Home Hub that's basically a voice-activated touchscreen mounted on top of a stand and can play YouTube videos, show recipes and handle other common commands like showing the weather, traffic updates and more.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,". At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the U.S. operated by United Airlines.

For Google, the hotel partnerships are just a pilot program, for now.

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