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Google pushes deeper into homes with digital assistant updates

Google Assistant's product director Lilian Rincon and distinguished engineer Behshad Behzadi demonstrating the interpreter mode translation feature of the Google Home Hub at the Google Assistant Playground during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. — Bloomberg

Google unveiled a raft of new partnerships to get its digital assistant into more homes.

Google’s voice-activated assistant will be integrated with new devices including DISH Network Corp’s Hopper receivers, Sonos Inc speakers, KitchenAid appliances and Samsung Electronics Co televisions, the company said Jan 8 at CES in Las Vegas.

Google, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc are battling to distribute their digital assistants as widely as possible in a bid to dominate an emerging new way to interact with computers. Each company is selling its own Internet-connected speakers and working with other hardware makers to control everything from doorbells to microwaves.

Alphabet Inc’s Google is trying to position its assistant as the smartest of the bunch, based on its work in artificial intelligence. One example: the company said Tuesday that its assistant can now be used to translate a live conversation between two people speaking different languages. – Bloomberg

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