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Sonos is no stranger to voice assistants. Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode Demo Just before it was officially unveiled at the biggest tech show, the company showed how it worked.

The problem is, this has been a long time coming.

With a private beta already underway, Sonso wants to scale up the beta test to thousands of homes after CES. It did say that the beta testing would begin previous year, however, so we're hopeful that it won't be too much longer to wait. And what a wait it has been.

Google's segment at CES has been filled with various announcements about its virtual assistant.

Get our daily newsletter from SEJ's Founder Loren Baker about the latest news in the industry! At CES 2019, Google showed off some proof of concept products from a number of partners, including an eInk display that showed traffic reports generated by Google Assistant. If that's the case, then the vast majority of Sonos' non-voice enabled offerings should be controllable through something like the Google Home Mini or even the Sonos One. So for those that don't have Android Auto in their cars, but want a slightly better solution than just talking to your phone, Anker's $50 (£39; United Kingdom pricing and availability TBA) Roav Bolt and JBL's similarly priced Link Drive Plug let you connect your phone to your vehicle via an aux jack or Bluetooth so you can use their built-in noise cancelling mics to talk to the Google Assistant with increased clarity. And it's really similar to what Amazon is doing with the Alexa Connect Kit.

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The Assistant works with more than 1,600 home automation brands and more than 10,000 devices.

Google Assistant may be quite common today on Android phones but that isn't stopping Google from making it more accessible. The Assistant will help you calculate your ETA from Google Maps and send the details to friends using any of the aforementioned messenger apps.

The use of digital voice assistants like Alexa from Amazon, Google Home and Apple Homepod is booming, according to a recent study by Accenture. With this new Google Maps integration, drivers can use the Assistant to keep their hands on the wheel.

Given the complex nature of working with Google so far on its systems, we can't see this happening anytime soon.

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