Google Assistant claims to remove language barriers for those traveling or who speak a different language. Users having the Assistant on their phone can now get their conversation translated in real-time with pointers on how to reply.
Google is still working hard to improve its translation tools even though it makes no money out of it. The tool is used to process over 100 billion words every day.
The new feature called the Interpreter Mode is able to translate the conversations in real-time on smartphones. This functionality was first introduced at CES 2019 for smart displays and smart speakers which allows you to say like “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter” to get spoken and written translation to help your conversation instantly.
According to Google, it has started rolling out the feature to all Android and iPhones that have enabled the Assistant. Currently, the Interpreter Mode supports 44 languages.
It also allows you to type using a keyboard if you are in either a noisy environment or a place where you have to keep quiet.
Google states that the Assistant will provide you with “Smart Reply” suggestions after each translation to make your conversations faster. Although the functionality can be added to the Google Translate app, Google wants to improve discoverability without the need for a separate app.
The new feature was made available in India in September with a dedicated phone line for people without internet access.
Additionally, Google is working on a better feature named “Transalatotron” which will include machine learning and advanced speech synthesis that will enable a speech-to-speech translation system that is almost similar to your voice tone.