Google Assistant Aims to Eradicate Language Barriers with Its New Interpreter Mode

by Dwayne Torres January 10, 2019, 0:50
Google Assistant Aims to Eradicate Language Barriers with Its New Interpreter Mode

Google Announces E Ink Screen, New Assistance Features, Interpreter Mode at Trade Show.

The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time. There are some kinks: it won't work if more than one person speaks and requires some unnatural gaps in the conversation while it processes, according to The Verge. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for dozens of languages and conduct conversations in real time. It incorporated a similar feature into earbuds in November 2017 and already offers a similar service via Google Translate.

In the past, iOS users had to download Google Assistant separately from the app store - now, the voice assistant will be built in to an app that over 70% of smartphone owners use. The company said it expected to hit a billion devices with Assistant by the end of the month on over 10,000 different devices from more than 1,000 brands. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it. You can also view your boarding pass in Google Pay by saying "Hey Google, show me my boarding pass". At the time, the company said that it was aiming to roll out support for the Google Assistant in 2018. You will also have access to the usual set of Google Assistant features.

The Silicon Valley giant took the wraps off the latest updates to Assistant on Tuesday as it officially opened its 18,000-square-foot booth, which relies on an amusement park-style ride designed in the style of Disney's "A Small World" to illustrate how Google Assistant can make daily tasks simpler.

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The announcement is not super flashy, but it's an important one for Google as it battles Amazon's Alexa. The Assistant also tracks the traveler's itinerary through applications such as Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! and Todoist. It can connect with any car's on-board infotainment system via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable.

Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase.

Using the mode is simple: users will just say, "Hey Google, be my [language] interpreter", which will prompt Google Assistant to begin listening to the conversation. Additionally, Google Assistant will also alert if your flight is ready for Web check-in.

This is not all, Assistant can now also book hotels for you.

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