Google Android Voice Search gets support for 13 new languages

The tech giant's voice search feature continues to gain momentum by supporting even more languages.


Google has beefed up its Android Voice Search feature by adding support for a further 13 languages bringing the total supported to 42 and extending its reach to some 100 million additional users.

Speed is key when it comes to trying to search for places using voice recognition on a mobile device, according to Google which claims it is catering for that demand with the enhanced arrival.

The updated software is already making its way to users and will improve in accuracy the more people use it, thanks to Google's cloud-based approach, according to product manager Bertrand Damiba.

"'Norwegian restaurants in New York City.' I can type that phrase fast, but I can say it even faster - and when I'm on the go, speed is what I'm looking for," he said in a blog post.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

"With Voice Search, you can speak into your phone to get search results quickly and easily... Each new language usually requires that we initially collect hundreds of thousands of utterances from volunteers and, although we've been working on speech recognition for several years, adding these new languages led our engineers and scientists to tackle some unique challenges.

"While languages like Romanian follow predictable pronunciation rules, others, like Swedish, required that we recruit native speakers to provide us with the pronunciations for thousands of words. Our scientists then built a machine learning system based on that data to predict how all other Swedish words would be pronounced."

Multilingual users need not get too excited just yet, however, as Google has stressed that the app can only handle one language at a time so users will need to tweak their language settings each time they use a different lingo.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now

Most Popular

operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020

Windows 10 and the tools for agile working

20 Jan 2020
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
public sector

UK gov launches £300,000 SEN EdTech initiative

22 Jan 2020