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

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Google Assistant is constantly evolving and gaining new abilities. Google says the Assistant will essentially handle all the "higher-order" computing, making it much easier for device manufacturers to make smart gadgets without needing to build all the headroom for actually implementing a full-on Assistant experience. The Sonos One and Sonos Beam both have Alexa control but it's always been mooted that they will get Google Assistant, too. To get started, you can say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter", and when the other person speaks in French, the Assistant device will translate in real-time, either in spoken word or via written translation on a Smart Display. Google Assistant is doing most of the work.

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. Meanwhile, applications such as Google Maps would also include Assistant functionality, which will make driving safer. Among the new features is the Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode as well as fresh integration in the Google Maps apps on Android and iOS. Here are the most notable changes that'll help you in your daily interaction with Google Assistant.

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

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The feature would be introduced to more devices and even smartphones in the future. The device can manage your routines, wake you up with auto-adjusting brightness and animations, and control your smart home devices.

Plus, Google Assistant will help you book your hotel room in the United States too. If your handset is locked, though, you have to unlock it before the Assistant responds to you.

The smart clock, which is slated to go on sale in the spring, marks Google's latest foray into smart displays. At the moment, this will only be available for domestic flights in the US operated by United Airlines. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for dozens of languages and conduct conversations in real time. "The complexity of the integration has meant that it has taken this long", a spokesperson at Sonos told us. Soon, Google Assistant will allow you to check in to your flight, save and retrieve your boarding pass. There is no word on when either of the feature will be released for the worldwide consumers.

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