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Google announces big plans for voice assistant at CES 2019

Source The Verge by Dieter Bohr Source The Verge by Dieter Bohr
Katie Ramirez | 11 January, 2019, 16:29

For fans of the Sonos sound who are already invested in their system and prefer Google Assistant this news is welcomed and a long time coming.

In the past, iOS users had to download Google Assistant separately from the app store - now, the voice assistant will be built in to an app that over 70% of smartphone owners use.

It's CES week, and that means lots of new product launches and lots of software announcements. Google's virtual assistant has been endowed with a lot of new powers over the previous year, including making bookings on your behalf and screening spam callers.

With so many updates, Google's voice-powered artificial intelligence was the focus of its attention for this year's CES with nearly every single news item was related to it. The Assistant is also shipped on millions of Google Home speakers quarterly. Active users have quadrupled in size during the past year, according to the company. Google also promises to bring support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. Soon, Google Assistant will allow you to check in to your flight, save and retrieve your boarding pass.

Sonos Beam sound bar
Sonos Beam sound bar

Once you have updated your Google Maps, Just say "Hey Google, take me home", to open Google Maps and get help from your Assistant on your journey. "Our core focus is to make a product that can understand everything you say, can hear you, can convert those intents into actions and help you fulfill them", vice president of product for Google Assistant Manuel Bronstein said. Amazon, the current market leader in smart speakers, will see its share of the market drop to 63% this year from 67% in 2018 as the e-commerce giant faces more competition from Google and other companies, researcher eMarketer forecast.

For those traveling outside of their language comfort zones, Google Assistant can help remove barriers to communication. Some remain exclusive forever, while others are making their way to other smartphones after a while. The company said it expected to hit a billion devices with Assistant by the end of the month on over 10,000 different devices from more than 1,000 brands.

Google's efforts also may be hampered by its business model, Enderle suggested.

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