Up until recently, perhaps one of the best (but arguably least usable) tricks up the Google Assistant’s sleeve was its ability to translate conversations between two parties in different languages. The feature, which leverages Google Translate’s prowess, has up until now been limited to Google Home speakers – and today that’s changing with the news that Google will now roll out the function to Android devices.
Previously, Interpreter Mode worked with 27 languages and could be summoned by the command ‘Hey Google, turn on interpreter mode’.
Languages supported by Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode include Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Luckily, the feature’s Android phone rollout comes with a new advent that makes the wait worth it; the presence of Smart Replies will help users navigate a conversation more quickly, and speed up the length of time between exchanging sentences or questions. Previously, Interpreter Mode only worked for turn-based conversations, and users could only see the textual outcome of their conversations on Smart Displays.
The feature will begin rolling out to Android devices as of today, as well as in the Google Assistant app for iOS.
What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to use Interpreter Mode on your device when travelling or trying to converse in a language you’re not proficient in? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below.