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Oct042018

Google Assistant Now Allow Booking Rides from Uber, Lyft, Ola and Others, Aqua Mini Launches

Google is making it digital Assistant more inclusive by constantly adding more features to make sure that it fulfills every user need and can do more for with touch and voice commands.

A days after giving a makeover to Google Assistant, the company has announced another new addition to its list of features which will let users book a ride with Google Assistant.

Now, Google can take care of it. This week, we’re rolling out a new way to easily book ride services with your Google Assistant.

With the new feature, you will be able to select from a variety of ride-hailing services including Uber, Lyft, Grab, and Ola using your Android device, iPhone, Google Home or any Assistant-enabled smart speaker. It will likewise supply details about estimated costs and wait times for each ride service so that you may compare the pricing.

With this new feature, users will now be able to book a ride using voice commands on Android, iPhone, Google Home, or any other smart speaker through Google Assistant.

All by just speaking “Hey Google, book a ride to the Denver International Airport” into the Assistant, for example. Or just say, “Hey Google, get me a taxi to Denver International Airport.”

Assistant will then offer a list of popular ride services to make a selection from services which include Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, GO-JEK, and many others. Information’s, including estimated pricing and wait times from each service, will also be provided.

Wait, what if you want to book a ride from a specific service? No worry, Google Assistant will take care of that too, to book a ride from a single service provider, a user would just need to add the provider’s name in the command.

For example, saying “Hey Google, book a Lyft ride to SFO,” will only show options from the Lyft.

Here is an example image of Book a Ride with Assistant from Lyft:

Book a ride with Google Assistant

Once done with the booking command, making a single tap on the preferred service will open the app for confirming the booking.

Book a ride feature is available now to all English-speaking countries where these supported ride service partners work.

Google will expand the feature to more languages in the “coming months.”

On a side note, those who prefer Uber, also have this ability to book a ride with Cortana on Windows 10 Mobile and PCs Universal Windows Platform.

Just a week ahead of the October 9th event, Google debuts a new color to its Google Home Mini speaker, calling it “Aqua.”

Aqua Mini is the first official color added to Home Mini since it introduced last year.

Google describes the new aqua mini is made of same fabric and aesthetic as the original. It’s a “minty blue color that fits perfectly into the Made by Google family,” says Google, adding, “the new color emits soothing vibes.”

Aqua Mini does all the things possible with Google Assistant and Google Home.

The Home Mini also remains available in chalk (white), charcoal (dark gray), and coral (red/pink). While Google Home Mini in Aqua will be available from Walmart and Google Store.

The shipping starts on October 29th.

Google Home Mini Aqua

This new aqua mini all of a sudden strongly suggest the possibility of rumored mint-esque color for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Also, an image of a new “Google Smart TV kit” was posted on Google but later removed shows a bundle that included a Google Home Mini and Chromecast.

Google Smart TV Kit

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