The integration is a massive step forward for Google Assistant, especially on the iPhone.
At CES 2019, Google yesterday announced a number of new partnerships and features for Google Assistant. Since Google Maps already calculates your estimated time of arrival when you're driving, the Assistant now lets you text that arrival time to others, at least if you're using an Android device. Google has earlier tried a similar auto-translation feature in its Pixel Buds. Google notes that the Connect platform expands on the existing smart home platform to add more device types. Guided by a quirky narrator, the ride takes you through a day in the life of "Bob" as he uses the Google Assistant along the way.
In a related move, Google Assistant will also be able to book hotel rooms for you. Essentially, people can ask Google Assistant to be their personal interpreter and it will provide real-time spoken (on Google Home) or written (on smart displays) translations to help you and the other person understand what each of you are saying.
The feature would be introduced to more devices and even smartphones in the future.
If you're an Android user, you'll see the biggest changes to messaging via the assistant, which can now read and reply to all messaging notifications you get. "We are excited to collaborate with Google on a new technology that offers the potential to create widespread impact across the hospitality industry". We bemoaned the lack of Google Assistant onboard and although Sonos' promises of Google Assistant kept us happy for a while, that while kept being extended into the future. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.
Interestingly, the company also said that "earlier speaker models" will be updated to "work" with the Assistant, so owners of, say, the Play:1, Play:5, Playbase or Playbar could be in luck.