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Retail Giant Walmart Adding Voice-shopping Feature on Google Assistant

In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space

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Competing with the likes of Alexa-powered Amazon, retail giant Walmart is now adding a voice-controlled shopping feature called “Walmart Voice Order” on Google Assistant.

To use the feature, users are required to add and link their existing Walmart accounts to Google Assistant which will enable them to shop using voice commands, just like Amazon offers with Alexa, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

While users would use Google’s voice service to add things to their carts and place orders, Walmart would actually handle processing and delivering the order.

A Walmart store.

According to Walmart’s announcement of the new Assistant integration, the roll-out of the service would take a few weeks.

The integration seems interesting because, earlier in January, Walmart opted out of Google’s Express shopping service, presumably to focus more on its own retail efforts instead of funnelling them through the search-engine giant.

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In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space. (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)