Google Voice Search Can Now Automatically Detect Multiple Languages
Google Search has long been multilingual and can support searches in numerous languages. The latest breakthrough on the Google Search app on Android allows multilingual users to speak in multiple languages without having to adjust their settings to switch languages. Software engineer for Android, David Eustis, made this announcement on the Google Search blog today.
Many people speak two or more languages in formal or informal settings. For users who speak multiple languages, sticking to just one language on Google Search can be severely limiting. More than 50 languages and dialects are currently available in voice search. However, in previous versions, you had to change your settings if you wanted to switch languages.
Searchers can now voice out queries in multiple languages without having to adjust the settings to switch languages. In the latest Google Search App (version 3.6), users can make a one-time adjustment to their settings to enable multilingual voice search. Up to five languages can be selected in this one-time adjustment, which was not allowed in the earlier version. Five is “enough to satisfy all but the most advanced polyglots.”
Google is able to understand queries made in various languages because it can now detect which language is being used. Multilingual users will be provided quick responses without any hassle, although Google says spoken responses to search queries will depend on the language being used and the query.
While this update is currently only available to Android devices, Google will see to it that more languages and features will be added over time. To activate this feature, the user must upgrade to the latest Google Search app (version 3.6), which is available from the Play Store. The user should then go to Google Settings from the device’s apps menu, tap Search & Now -> Voice -> Languages, and finally, select the desired languages.
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