Google's virtual assistant has been endowed with a lot of new powers over the past year, including making bookings on your behalf and screening spam callers. While the tech world is hunkered down in Las Vegas for CES 2019, Google has joined the party with some big Assistant announcements. Google says the service rolls out to phones in the next few days, with United Airlines offering the feature first for domestic flights.
Google also showed off the new Lenovo Smart Clock, which can set alarms based on your daily habits or calendar appointments, and wake you with a gentle light.
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Travelers can save and retrieve their boarding pass using their phone, and Google Assistant will send a notification when the plane is ready for boarding. Google notes that the Connect platform expands on the existing smart home platform to add more device types. You won't need to recite a confirmation number, and Google will even prompt you through the process of checking your bags.
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When booking a room, Google Assistant can also take care of that task thanks to its integration with Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick.
The update, which will be available to iOS and Android users, means that you will be able to control navigation with your voice, making it easier than ever to navigate hands-free. Meanwhile, applications such as Google Maps would also include Assistant functionality, which will make driving safer.
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The feature is also one of the best reasons yet to invest in a smart display, like the Google Home Hub. In a demo here at CES today, Behshad Behzadi, the Distinguished Assistant for Google Assistant, explained that one of the challenges Google tries to tackle is acknowledging that there are different ways to ask for the same and information, and that the assistant needs to understand all of them. The Assistant will show you the pricing, availability and the works, which you can book using Google Pay.