Google Releases Interpreter Mode For Assistant

A new service called Google interpreter mode allows people to communicate with each other while speaking different languages. Google Assistant can translate 44 languages including German, Spanish and English. Users must say “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and Google will translate their words on the phone screen. Next, the Assistant will present Smart Replies, suggestions that allow the user to respond without speaking.

Google Assistant Interpreter Mode
Google Assistant Interpreter Mode

Interpreter mode is available on Assistant-enabled Androids and iOS phones, Google Home speakers and displays, smart clocks, tablets and some Assistant-compatible speakers according to a blog post from Google. While Android users don’t need to perform any updates to access interpreter mode on Androids, iPhone users will need to download the Google Assistant app if they don’t already have it.  Lilian Rincon, Google Assistant’s Senior Director of Product Management, wrote in the blog post,

“Whether you’re heading on a trip this holiday season, gearing up for international travel in the New Year, or simply want to communicate with family members who speak another language, interpreter mode is here to remove language barriers no matter where you are.”

The new interpreter mode from Google Assistant was made possible because of Translatotron, an end-to-end translation model that can translate speech directly into another language without having to first convert it to text. This creates faster speeds, fewer errors, as well as retention of the original speaker’s voice. Additionally, names and other proper nouns remain the same, not needing to be translated.

Google initially announced their bilingual feature for the Assistant last year. This feature added a new voice to the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • English in the United Kingdom
  • English in India
  • Norwegian
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Italian.

Previously, users speaking the above languages only had one voice to choose from, while there were 11 voices for the English-speaking Google Assistant. The bilingual feature uses a technology from DeepMind called WaveNet, which makes the Assistant sound more like a human in terms of pacing and pitch.

FAQs

How do I get Google to translate home?

To get Google Assistant to translate your conversation, say “Ok Google” and then a command like “Help me speak Polish” or “Be my German interpreter”. When you hear the tone, start speaking in your native language.

Does Google Assistant translate?

Google Assistant does translate languages ever since Google rolled out a new interpreter mode.

Can Google Home translate a conversation?

Yes, you can use Google Home to translate a conversation.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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