Google Assistant Interpreter Mode Now Available for Google Home, Smart Displays, and Some Smart Speakers

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Google Assistant Interpreter Mode Now Available for Google Home, Smart Displays, and Some Smart Speakers

The Google Home smart speakers come with Google Assistant built-in

Highlights
  • Interpreter mode translates speech in real time
  • It’s available now for select devices, including Google Home speakers
  • Multiple languages are supported at launch

At CES 2019, Google announced Interpreter Mode for Google Assistant. This new feature for its AI-based voice assistant allows users to translate speech in real-time between supported languages - the first speaker can speak in their native language, and the voice assistant will translate it to a second language that can be understood by the listener. Interpreter Mode for Google Assistant is now rolling out for select devices, including Google Home speakers, select smart speakers, and Smart Displays with Google Assistant support.

The feature was released alongside other software improvements that were announced at CES 2019, but is now rolling out on a wider scale. Users with Google Home speakers and other select devices will be able to try it out now. The function can be triggered by instructing Google Assistant to serve as the interpreter through a range of commands such as ‘Ok Google, be my Italian interpreter' or ‘Help me speak Spanish'.

The initial command must be given in one of six languages for now - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese are supported for now. However, the mode can work to translate between any of 26 supported languages. When active, the mode will immediately translate the spoken language and read out the translation for the listener. When no longer needed, Interpreter Mode can be switched off with another voice command.

The feature is built on top of Google Translate, which has vastly improved over the years and is now quite effective at offering basic translations from text. Google Assistant itself has grown in capabilities over the years, and is now widely considered as the best voice-based assistant for smart devices.

 

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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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