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Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages

Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages

New features unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this week will let you access Google Assistant from your phone's lock screen, check into flights with your voice and more easily send text messages. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge.

Interpreter Mode will be able to take on 27 languages from the get-go, and will be released across its Google Home devices and Smart Displays, the firm revealed in a press-briefing. The feature is exactly what it sounds like - a way to get Google Assistant to translate a different language, making it easier to have a conversation with someone who may otherwise be impacted by the language barrier. What's more, the Assistant will even auto-punctuate your messages now, so you don't have to dictate punctuation marks as well.

Google is also adding a second option that will allow the Assistant to provide you with personal results from the lockscreen.

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 Google Assistant is smart enough to understand the context and the whole experience was very slick.

Hasina heading for landslide after deadly Bangladesh election day
If Hasina retains power, one of her first jobs will be to address the demands of garment workers for higher minimum wages. The leadership of Bangladesh has alternated between Hasina and Zia, allies-turned-foes, over the last three decades.

The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. "We're also adding support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist, when you want to keep track of your itinerary with notes and lists in the Google Assistant", Google said. It can connect with any car's on-board infotainment system via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable.

While the platform will no doubt arrive on much more kit this year, we now know that will include some Sonos speakers.

Additionally, the Google Assistant is getting a new feature for the Philips Hue bulb that is aimed at helping you wake up. Google says the service rolls out to phones in the next few days, with United Airlines offering the feature first for domestic flights. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you.

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