Google Home upgrade: Your smart speaker is set for a colossal improvement

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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.

Credit: GoogleThere's a common thread to the new phone-focused features coming to the Google Assistant, and it's consistent with other improvements Google's making to its digital helper.

Google Assistant might be pretty much a standard option for Android phones, but Google found another way to extend its reach. Google notes that messaging features now work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more.

Interpreter mode is a new feature that is said to roll out as an update over a couple of weeks on Google Home devices and smart displays. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight". You just need to say, "Hey Google, check in to my flight"- all will be taken care of. In a change that will be welcomed by grammar sticklers, the assistant now auto-punctuates text messages you dictate - a feature that will be available to both iOS and Android users.

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Also, the Assistant will also intuitively notify you when the flight is ready for check-in.

If you know which hotel you want to stay, you can book a room using the Google Assistant with partners like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick - an Amadeus company. Google Assistant is doing most of the work.

For those who couldn't make it to Vegas, Google has provided you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the ride.

That ability to read out and reply to texts will come in handy now that you can access Google Assistant from the Google Maps app, hopefully reducing the risk of distracted driving. Since the Google Assistant is being added to an existing product, we can understand why this is the case, but it's still a bit awkward to have to jump between two different voice platforms.

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