Google As­sis­tant to get ‘in­ter­preter mode’

The Sunday Guardian - - TECHNOLOGIC -

Google As­sis­tant is about to get smarter with a new In­ter­preter mode that would help users have a real-time con­ver­sa­tion in nearly 27 lan­guages.

“Just say ‘Hey Google, be my French in­ter­preter’ to start ‘In­ter­preter Mode’ and get real-time spo­ken and (on Smart Dis­plays) writ­ten trans­la­tion to aid the con­ver­sa­tion,” Manuel Bron­stein, Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct, Google As­sis­tant, wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

The In­ter­preter mode in Google’s vir­tual as­sis­tant would be rolled out over the next few weeks on Google Home de­vices and Smart Dis­plays, the com­pany an­nounced at the CES 2019 here.

“We see this tech­nol­ogy ex­pand­ing to more places -- it could help you check in at a for­eign ho­tel or help you un­der­stand the bus sched­ule. We’ll be pi­lot­ing In­ter­preter Mode this week at CES at the concierge desk in Cae­sars Palace, and at the Hy­att Re­gency in San Francisco and Dream Down­town in New York City,” Bron­stein added.

Google As­sis­tant has been around for two and a half years now and has been in­stalled on nearly one bil­lion de­vices glob­ally.

Cur­rently, the In­ter­preter mode can trans­late be­tween 27 lan­guages in real-time and is slated to work through Google Home speak­ers such as the Google Home Hub and Google Home Mini.

The fea­ture would be in­tro­duced to more de­vices and even smart­phones in the fu­ture.

Mean­while, ap­pli­ca­tions such as Google Maps would also in­clude As­sis­tant func­tion­al­ity, which will make driv­ing safer. IANS

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