Google’s AI assistant, the Google Assistant is one of the most advanced ones in the market. When compared to Alexa and Apple’s Siri, the company has done quite better with its product. We even saw in the latest Pixel how the assistant was used for transcribing voice notes as well. Not to mention, adaptive learning is on point. They had done something similar before with the Google Lens but now, there is a new interpreter mode at hand.
According to a tweet by 9to5Google, Google has included an interpreter mode into the Google Assistant apps in both Android and iOS devices. It was back in the day that we would hear or read about these future developments but Google has made it possible.
— 9to5Google.com (@9to5Google) December 12, 2019
Google initially made the announcement of the real-time interpreter back at CES. Now though, it has brought in the big guns to bring it to the end-users.
How does it work?
Users may simply ask the Google Assistant to “Help me translate into Thai”, for example. Then on your phone’s assistant interface, the top part of the phone would display what you say to translate and then the translated version would be added in the bottom half, in real-time. The main article linked has a GIF for the entire sequence which best explains the phenomenon. Google adds,
You’ll then see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking—which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless.
In terms of Accessibility, users may choose to input via keyboards as well, in environments that are quite. As for language support, currently, Google supports 44 languages in total, integrating with the Google Translate app. While this can all be done on the Translate app as well, Google believes that the Assistant makes downloading the Google Translate app redundant. Of course, not their words exactly though! This feature, according to the article, was first debuted in India, earlier this year in September. Today though, the feature is rolling out to iOS and Android devices all over. If you’re looking for it, keep your eyes peeled.