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We bemoaned the lack of Google Assistant onboard and although Sonos' promises of Google Assistant kept us happy for a while, that while kept being extended into the future. Both are equally fair responses in my book. It will be initially available for domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

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. Google has just announced that it's bringing the Assistant to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar. The consumers will soon be able to check-in to their flights as well as save or retrieve their boarding pass in Google Assistant on Android phones or iPhone. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". "Just say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter" to start "Interpreter Mode" and get real-time spoken and (on Smart Displays) written translation to aid the conversation", Manuel Bronstein, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

For hotel booking, you can instruct Assistant to "book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th,". Some of the participating hotels include Choice Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Priceline, Expedia, and Travelclick. What's more, the Assistant will even auto-punctuate your messages now, so you don't have to dictate punctuation marks as well.

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Google stated the feature will arrive on Google Home devices "over the next few weeks". 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.

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