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With most of these changes rolling out in the next few weeks the increasing functionality of Google Assistant will be hard to keep track of but well worth trying.

Discussing the new feature, Google said: "Speaking a different language no longer has to be a barrier to having a good conversation".

Google built a sprawling amusement park-style ride to demonstrate how its AI Assistant can be used in the home and on the go to make daily tasks easier.

Google Assistant is winning the platform war when it comes to mobile phones but still has some catching up to do in the smart home market.

Although Google keep promising full Google Assistant functionality everywhere it is still not here. As they don't have microphones to pick up voice commands, though, you'll nearly certainly need a microphone-toting middle-man device (such as a smartphone or Google Assistant smart speaker) to control it.

All the while, translations in both languages popped up on the display of its Google Home Hub. Say "Hey Google, be my French interpreter", to get real-time spoken or written translations to help you with local languages.

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It marks the second year that Google has made a big splash at CES, the largest tech trade event in the world, with this year's booth being its biggest yet as it tries to outdo rivals like Amazon.

Google Assistant will likely be available on 1 billion devices by the end of January, and it looks like the company is gunning for the next billion.

Google are hoping to expand this service to more places allowing you to check in at a foreign hotel or to help you understand the bus or train timetable.

And it's not just limited to regular SMS messages, the features work with popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and others. You can control music playback, enable navigation, read and reply to messages, make calls, ask about your day ahead, and more - everything you expect from Google's hands-free helper. I've always been quite happy with the Google Home and Google Home mini speakers I have around my house. This display is also a smart clock, which means its much smaller (about four inches, measured diagonally), and there's no camera.

The company will announce more details about Assistant Connect later this year.



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