That’s because Google Assistant is being upgraded, adding real-time translation to Google’s increasingly smart AI voice assistant.
All you have to do is for example say, “Okay, Google, become my Italian Interpreter.” Then have a full conversation with someone who speaks Italian.
Google Assistant Interpreter Mode is a game changer in the sense that you won’t need to be bilingual in order to properly visit places and converse with locals around the world. And there’s no need to boot up a translation app, sort through language selection dropdown menus, or spend time typing in words. It all happens automatically.
Assistant can translate between 27 different languages in real-time so far. That list will grow, but the real expansion that is needed is in device support. That’s coming, too, says Google.
Right now, Interpreter Mode works with Google Home speakers, like the Google Home Mini and Home Hub, but it’ll eventually come to more third-party speakers and even smartphones down the line, according to Google.
Its eventual launch on smartphones is when this real-time-translating Interpreter Mode goes from AI with world-changing potential to a world-changing reality. You need the power of Babel in your pocket, not just when a Google Home speaker is installed at a hotel concierge desk.