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Google Translate’s real-time transcription feature is out now for Android

Real-time transcription feature of Google Translate is now out for Android

The new Google Translate’s transcription feature was initially demoed in January. It was released for Android users, which is a part of an update to the artificial intelligence-powered mobile app. 

This feature gives you the ability to record spoken words in one language and change them into translated text on your mobile phone, all in real-time, and also process it within a short period without stress.

This great feature is available for all android users. The languages it will begin with are: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. It implies that means you’ll have the ability to listen to any of these languages spoken aloud and also get to translate it into any of the other available languages.

Translate Live Conversation and Pre-recorded Speeches, Talks, and Classroom Lectures

This great feature works effectively for any live conversation, speeches, lectures, and any other spoken word events and from pre-recorded audio, too. 

All you need to do is to hold your phone up to computer speakers and play a recording in the language and then have it translated into text in another language, without stressing yourself to input the words manually. Earlier this year in January, Google made a statement that it will not support the option to upload audio files at release. Still, by listening from a live audio source, such as your laptop or computer, it should work as an alternative method.

Before the release of this feature, you can make use of Google Translate’s voice option for transforming a spoken word, phrase, or sentence from one language into another, either in text and verbal form. Although, a Google spokesperson revealed that part of the app “wasn’t properly-suited to listen to a much longer translated discussion and conversations at a conference, a classroom lecture or a video of a lecture, a story, etc.”

Well, to enjoy this feature what you need at first is an internet connection, because the Google’s software needs to inherently communicate with its Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), which is a custom type of AI-focused processing chip for use in the cloud servers, to execute the transcription live.

Besides, a Google spokesperson made a statement that the feature works by merging the already existing Live Transcribe feature that is built into the Recorder app on Pixel phones, which also works offline, with the effective power of its TPUs in the cloud, thereby building real-time translated transcription in as much as you have an uninterrupted internet connection to facilitate the link. 

Google adds Voices

This new Google Translate feature works with some of the other augmentations Google has been deploying for its services. Real-time transcription and translation is another great part of the imminent translation feature that the Google Assistant has released to Android devices in January. 

The translation of text from audio is in line with the Read It features that Google Assistant released in March, allowing voice assistant to loudly read out articles and other text directly from a website. Read It consists of other language options as well, and also translate the text into other 42 languages to read to the user.

Transcribing and translating also suits with how Google is making its voice services completely global, with various modulation variations and new international voices to align with the increasing list of other languages it speaks. 

Google Maps also included an option to translate and speak the name of a place and its address in the local language. They are transcribing while translating is effective for other interactions other than conversation, though. A speech, lectures, or conversations requires more than an event explanation, and a screen with the complete audio released in the text in the viewer’s language will probably summon lots of people who want to have a better understanding of what they are listening to as it occurs.

This recent transcription feature will be only for Android users at release, but the company already has plans to extend the feature to iOS at some point. Immediately you’ve updated it; it should show up as a “transcribe” option in the app. Also, you can pause or restart the transcription by clicking the mic icon and also get to change the size of the text and customize dark theme options in the Translate settings menu.

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