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09 Jan 2019

Soon, Google Assistant will serve as your interpreter: Here's how

After introducing Google Assistant into Maps and several smart gadgets, Google is turning its digital assistant into a real-world interpreter.

The company has introduced a new 'Interpreter Mode' to close gaps in bilingual conversations, especially for people traveling abroad.

However, the feature will be available only on a small set of devices in the beginning.

Here's how it works.

Feature details

Interpreter mode to offer real-time translations

Interpreter mode to offer real-time translations

With Interpreter Mode, two people conversing in different languages will get real-time translations.

The experience, backed by Google's language translation capabilities, is not really seamless but can easily do the job.

Put simply, when you speak, the Assistant will detect your language and translate it for the listener.

Then, after a small bit, it will repeat the same process, translating their response for you.

You just have to say the trigger phrase

To use this feature, you just have to say 'Ok Google, be my *language name* translator' trigger phrase. The assistant will wake up in response and deliver real-time translations for both parties with voice and on-screen output.

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As of now, it supports 27 languages

As of now, Google Assistant supports as many as 27 languages, including Chinese, Danish, German, French, and Italian.

This means that as long as any of these languages is used, the Interpreter will be able to detect and translate it in real-time.

If you go beyond these, it will give an error, affecting the whole conversational experience.

Device support

Also, only few devices are getting Interpreter Mode

Also, only few devices are getting Interpreter Mode

Google Assistant's Interpreter Mode can prove extremely useful for people traveling abroad or even hotel desks.

But, it is important to note that the feature will only work on select devices, at least in the early stages.

Google has said it will be coming to smart devices, including Google Home, Home Hub, and Assistant-powered offerings from Lenovo, LG et cetera.

Roll-out plans for smartphone users

Google has also said that Assistant's Interpreter Mode will come on phones, but there's no word on the timeline. Maybe the company plans to make the whole translational experience a bit more seamless before rolling it widely for everyone using Google Assistant.

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When this feature will come on phones?

Will this feature come on iOS?

Can this feature translate Chinese in real-time?

Will this feature work with hindi speakers?

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When this feature will come on phones?

Asked 2019-01-09 19:55:04 by Parakram Chatterjee

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, there is no word on the timeline for its release on phones.

Will this feature come on iOS?

Asked 2019-01-09 19:55:04 by Hansika Rangan

Answered by NewsBytes

Hopefully. But, only when Google moves ahead with its planning of adding interpreter mode on smartphones.

Can this feature translate Chinese in real-time?

Asked 2019-01-09 19:55:04 by Abhinav Patil

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, the feature can translate Chinese and 26 other languages.

Will this feature work with hindi speakers?

Asked 2019-01-09 19:55:04 by Trisha Rathore

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, even Hindi speakers will be able to use Assistant's interpreter mode.

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