Google Assistant Now Books Reservations in 43 States

Google Duplex assistant is coming to more states and restaurants

In addition to that, Google also confirmed that the Duplex feature is now available to use in 43 different states in the us on its Pixel smartphones.

As you can see from the video, after the Assistant is done answering you, it will remain in the top left corner of the display.

The AI-driven feature that lets you make use of the Google Assistant to call up and book a restaurant is now being expanded to more places and by association, more people.

The Assistant Calls page has been updated to reflect the wider availability of the feature, and also mentions that the feature is available on devices running something called iOS (your guess is as good as ours on that one). But Google made some progress since then, addressing concerns in the process. Google gives the example, "Book a table for four people at [restaurant name] tomorrow night".

From there, the virtual assistant will call the restaurant and try to make a reservation for you at your specified time. All you need is to wait for the notification of a successful booking either on your phone, in your email, or directly in your Google calendar even.

As of now, users of the original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 smartphones can use Duplex if they are in any of the 43 U.S. states.

It converses just like a real human (with "umms", "ahhs" and pauses) and can be used for making haircut appointments and restaurant reservations, to name a few.

The feature is only available to Pixel phone users right now, but will roll out to the iPhone and other Android devices in the "next few weeks", according to a blog post from Scott Huffman, vice president of engineering for Google Assistant.

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