Google Assistant Now Translates 27 Languages

Better translation in real-time

Google Assistant Now Translates 27 Languages

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn a new language, then Google might already have you beaten, and we’re only a couple of weeks into January.

The Google Assistant has learned a fantastic new skill for 2019, in the form of the impressive “Interpreter Mode.” This new feature was demonstrated at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Google proved that it could automatically translate conversations between 2 people speaking in real-time. Not only do the translations occur automatically, but Google also recognises 27 different languages.

Of course, as the demonstrations proved, the technology is far from flawless. Google still makes a few errors here and there, but it’s safe to say that freedom from language barriers may well be on the horizon.

Using Google Interpreter Mode

Launching Interpreter mode with Google Assistant couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is ask Google to be your “interpreter” in the language that you want to translate. For instance, “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.” This allows Google to translate any English detected into Italian, and vice versa.

“Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter”

Already, various industry publications have experimented with the new feature at CES, and we can’t blame people for being intrigued. If Google is successful at ensuring that people can have automatically-translated conversations in real-time, then the geographical boundaries throughout the globe could become blurrier than ever.

There are a few kinks to work out before the technology is perfect, however. For instance, one Verge reporter found that the phrase “allergic to shrimp” was translated from Chinese to English to read “allergic to sand.” Saying that to your waiter in China won’t help much with protecting your health.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Although there are little mistakes here and there, it’s worth noting that Interpreter mode does have a lot to offer. Many experts agree that it’s a much better option for those seeking language help than the “Pixel Buds” previously offered by Google. The “Buds” headphones require you to open an app to start translating, whereas all you need to do is speak to translate with Google Interpreter.

If you’re keen to start trying out the translation feature for yourself, you don’t have long to wait. Reportedly, Google will be delivering Interpreter mode to Smart Displays and Home devices within the next couple of weeks. For now, there haven’t been any announcements regarding whether Interpreter will appear on smartphones.


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