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Google translation feature heads to all headphones with Assistant
October 22, 2018, 1:12 pm

The recently launched Google Pixel Buds earphones’ flagship feature is its ability to translate languages at the press of a button. Now the search giant has promised the feature would soon be available on every pair of headphones that have Google Assistant built in.

Google’s support page for Pixel Buds, which revealed this widespread availability, now reads: ‘Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones.’ The feature, which was previously exclusive to Google Pixel Buds, allows you to translate between 40 different languages. You can then use an Android handset as a speaker to translate your responses.

The update means that an increasing number of Google Assistant-enabled headphones, including the Bose QC35 II and Sony 1000X M3, will now be able to make use of the translation functionality.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that starting this week, the Google Translate app will be capable of visually translating 13 new languages by using the camera on your smartphone.
In 2015, Google added the visual translation feature to the Translate app with the support of 27 different languages. It allows users to translate dinner menus and signs in real time, making communicating abroad much easier.

The new announcement adds several Indian regional languages, including Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, as well as Nepali, Vietnamese and Thai languages. The total number of supported languages for Google visual translate is now close to 50.

Users can access the feature in the Translate app by navigating to the camera icon on the home screen. The app will then prompt you to line up the text you are attempting to translate and take a photo. After that, the app will scan the text with the use of a machine learning technique known as Neural Machine Translation (NMT), which will then provide a ‘reasonably’ correct translation into the language of your choice.

The new additions will be available on both the iOS and Android versions of the app, and they started rolling out to devices last week.


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