CES 2020: what's new in the Google Assistant? It's a small revolution!


A handful of great changes.

New features in the Google Assistant appear quite often, however, Google usually does not inform about them with great pump. It is different in the case of new products announced during CES 2020 in Las Vegas, which are one of the major updates of this extremely useful tool. To tell the truth, it seems to me that I will benefit from all announced innovations and I am convinced that many of you too.

The Google Assistant will read the content of the website

We read less and less. Whether due to lack of time or laziness – we absorb less and less read content, focusing on multimedia forms of communication. Google presented the function at CES Read It, thanks to which you can listen to written content – a virtual helper will read it for us.

It seems to be an interesting feature that can be activated, for example, when traveling by car, when we are focused on driving. Of course, reading content is not something new (text to speech has been around for years), but the innovation is supposed to be a much more natural voice of the virtual teacher, more similar to human. At the beginning it will be possible to translate the content into as many as 42 languages.

Notes on smart devices with the Assistant

Google has its own application for saving notes – it's called Google Keep and works great. But what if we want to leave a note to the household? Do you know a sticky note that sometimes sticks to the fridge? Soon it will be possible to give the Assistant the command "Leave a note", thanks to which the dictated note will be displayed on smart displays with the Google Assistant throughout the house. Example? Just a note about the need to feed a pet.

Google Sticky Notes assistant

Anyone can get access to these notes without logging in – just glance at the screen.

Real-time translations in hotels, restaurants and airports

In mid-December last year, Google Assistant received the function of real-time translation. Now Google has announced that it will host not only on private devices, but also in public space, where the translator will facilitate communication between consumers and service providers.

Nest Hub devices with Google Translate will appear in many public places – banks, airports, hotels and wherever they can help in communication. Google has already signed several contracts under which people at JFK airport in New York, the Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu in Japan, or the W Doha Hotel & Residences in Qatar will use real-time translations. With time, of course, they will also appear in less "exclusive" places – everything will depend on doing business.

Google Interpreter

In the Assistant, Google emphasizes user privacy

Around Google's practices regarding the storage and reproduction of voice samples recorded by the Assistant many doubts arose. The Mountain View giant is aware of this and introduces two new voice commands that will help everyone take better care of their privacy.

First of them "Hey Google, that wasn't for you" prevents the Assistant from storing the last saved sound sample in case of accidental activation. The command can be said, for example, during a confidential conversation, which could be saved by a nearby device with the Assistant.

The second command – or rather the question – is "Hey Google, are you saving my audio data?". Thanks to it, the user can find out which samples were saved and what exactly their storage by Google is.

Google boasted that the Google Assistant already works on more than one billion devices around the world. The company announces that in 2020 it will appear on subsequent TV sets, in cars, smart speakers and in many other products. Suffice it to say that Android Auto will eventually be available in wireless form, as Volvo and BMW have already announced. We only hope that the company will consistently add functions in Polish. The Polish Google Assistant is already lagging far behind its English-language counterpart. I look forward to these Google Assistant functions in Polishand what do you miss in it?