Google Assistant settles into Google Maps
One standard option for Android devices is well known to be the famous Google Assistant, but still, Google managed to find yet another way to extend its reach.
During Google's keynote at the CES 2019 event this week, the company said it is done with integrating the Assistant into Google Maps for both Android and iOS which is a way to enable one to share ETA, reply to text messages and play music without closing the navigation window.
And while putting Assistant into Maps seemed like the next logical step within the Google ecosystem, the reason behind this move was the lack of interest among iPhone users. Apple users are not installing Assistant as a separate app from the Apple Store, now there is a huge install base for Maps. This way iPhone owners can get all information hands-free without the help of the native assistant; Siri.
During its CES 2019, Google also announced that users would now be able to manage flights with Assistant, including checking in and getting a digital boarding pass. Although the service is being tested only within the United for now, it is scheduled to hit other major airlines soon. The company said it expected to hit a billion devices with Assistant by the end of this month on over 10,000 different devices from more than 1,000 different brands.