Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Google Assistant is coming to Dish's Hopper receivers

Google Assistant is coming to Dish's Hopper receivers

"This is native integration with Google Assistant itself; it should be a lot more seamless, a lot faster", Lacey said.

Google also debuted a $79 Assistant-equipped "smart clock" that's meant for the bedroom and can set alarms based on your calendar, as well as control all your smart home devices.

Google is going all in on its AI assistant. It provides you with vehicle diagnostics, responds to crashes, can get you roadside assistance, and allows you to share your location with friends and family. This featire will start first with domestic flights with United Airlines in the US.

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It didn't say when, but as Google's announcement focused on the brand's 2019 activity, we know it'll be sometime this year. The command will be "Hey Google, check in to my flight".

The flight check-in works if you have a flight confirmation in your Gmail.

When booking a room, Google Assistant can also take care of that task thanks to its integration with Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline, Expedia, Mirai and Travelclick.

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For those who couldn't make it to Vegas, Google has provided you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the ride. If your handset is locked, though, you have to unlock it before the Assistant responds to you.

"On Android, the Assistant works with messaging services from the following providers: SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and more", reads an excerpt from the same January 8th media release.

The new feature is aimed at helping the consumers communicate in a dozen languages and will be available on the Google Home devices as well as Assistant-powered Smart Displays. There are no details as to which older speakers will be updated to include Google Assistant support but our fingers are crossed for all Sonos owners. At CES 2019 alone, so many various devices were launched with Assistant-compatibility. In a demo here at CES today, Behshad Behzadi, the Distinguished Assistant for Google Assistant, explained that one of the challenges Google tries to tackle is acknowledging that there are different ways to ask for the same and information, and that the assistant needs to understand all of them.

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