- Google announced a number of Google Assistant updates on Tuesday, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
- One of our favourite updates helps users check in to their flights and retrieve their boarding passes by simply saying, “Hey Google, check-in to my flight.”
- For now, the travel assistance is only available on United Airline’s domestic flights.
- Other useful updates to Google Assistant include, interpreter mode, Google Maps integration, and auto-punctuation for messages.
Tired of never being able to find your confirmation number right when you need to check-in to your flight? Well, now Google can find it for you – on United flights, at least.
On Tuesday, Google announced that its AI-based virtual assistant, Google Assistant, can automatically check you into your flight and help retrieve boarding passes when you say: “Hey Google, check-in to my flight.”
The feature – which will launch publicly within the next few days – will be available on both Android and iOS devices, and will initially work for domestic flights on United Airlines. A Google spokesperson declined to comment on when the feature would be available more broadly.
The travel aid is among several updates to Google Assistant announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s taking place in Las Vegas this week.
Other useful Google Assistant updates include:
- Interpreter mode, which helps users conduct a conversation in “dozens of languages.”
- Google Maps integration, so you can start your route without having to type in your destination.
- Auto-punctuation for messages, so you can stop saying “exclamation mark” at the end of every sentence.
- Integration with more messaging services, like SMS, WhatsApp, and Messenger.
- And of course, more hardware integrations like with Samsung TVs.
On Monday, Google said that it expects its Assistant software will be available on one billion devices by the end of January, which is up from 500 million last May.
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