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Google Rolls out Voice-enabled Driving Mode on its Assistant

If the user’s phone is not connected to the car, they could just say, “Hey Google, let’s drive”

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Google has rolled out a voice-enabled driving mode on Assistant that would not only personalise suggestions for navigation, messages, calling and media, but also bring all relevant activities front and centre.

“Coming this summer on android phones, the Google Assistant’s new driving mode features a thoughtfully designed dashboard with personaliSed suggestions for navigation, messaging, calling and media. #io19,” Google tweeted on Tuesday.

The search-engine giant announced the feature during its annual developer I/O conference that kick started in Mountain View, California on Tuesday.

Driving mode would launch on Assistant once the user connects their phone to the car’s Bluetooth.

If the user’s phone is not connected to the car, they could just say, “Hey Google, let’s drive”. Pixabay

If the user’s phone is not connected to the car, they could just say, “Hey Google, let’s drive”.

In addition to driving mode, Google is making it possible to use Assistant to remotely control cars — like users could ask Google to adjust the car’s temperature before the driver gets in, TechCrunch reported.

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This feature would be available in “the coming months” to cars compatible with Hyundai’s “Blue Link” and Mercedes-Benz’s “Mercedes me connect”, the report added. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Rolls out Interpreter Mode for Smartphones

Google Assistant's interpreter mode comes to smartphones

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Google Assistant rolls out interpreter mode for Android and iOS devices. Pixabay

Interpreter mode, the real-time translation tool is now rolling out to Assistant for Android and iOS users.

Now, by just using a smartphone can have a back and forth conversation with someone speaking a foreign language.

Google says it will work with 44 languages and can be invoked by saying commands like “Hey Google, help me speak Thai” or “Hey Google, be my German translator.”

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To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app. Pixabay

“To get started, just say “Hey Google, be my German translator” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and you’ll see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking-which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless,” Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a statement on Thursday.

To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Interpreter mode also features different ways to communicate suited to the users situation: one can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.

To recall, back in January at CES, Google announced an Interpreter Mode for Smart Displays and speakers. (IANS)