Google Assistant is a fantastic way to help you organize your home life, but what if it came with you when you traveled? If you check into a hotel in the near future, don't be too surprised if you find that your room comes equipped with its own Google Nest ready to help you.
Google Assistant, Now in Your Hotel
Google announced its plans in a press release stating that the company has partnered up with the hospitality industry to make hotel rooms a little smarter. Now, hotels around the US and the UK now have a Google Nest in each room to help guests settle into their home from home.
As Google puts it:
Our hotel solutions system is already available in thousands of hotel rooms in the U.S. and U.K., and is now available in all guest rooms at both LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort, and the new LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® New York Resort.
If you do come across one of Google's smart screens in your travels, you'll notice that it will have some additional enhancements to suit its hotel setting. For instance, you can ask it “Hey Google, call the front desk” or “Hey Google, bring me fresh towels” for some room service. And when it's time to check out, you can inform the Google Nest Hub and it'll let the front desk know.
If you're stuck as to where to go next, you can ask Google where the best nearby restaurants are. If you're staying over at one of the supported LEGOLAND hotels, you can talk to LEGO characters, set a LEGO-themed alarm, and ask about park rides and weather through the Nest.
And if you're worried about having a Hub in your hotel room, Google has made sure that it complies with any privacy concerns you may have. For instance, you don't need to sign in to the Hub to use it. It doesn't have a camera on it, and the microphone can be deafened with a physical switch.
Google Assistant, the Personalized Hotel Wake-Up Call
The next time you check into a hotel in the US and the UK, there's a chance that you'll find a Google Nest Hub sitting in your room. If you do, be sure to give it a test spin and see if it's better than calling the front desk all the time.
If you own a Nest Hub, did you know that you can now ask it to book a reservation at a restaurant for you?