Google has continued to bring a bevy of new features to its digital assistant, and soon the nifty assistant will be able to act as interpreter for the currently supported 27 languages on the service.
While Google Assistant was primarily developed as a virtual assistant on mobile and smart home devices, but unlike the company's previous virtual assistant, Google Now, the new Google Assistant is capable of two-way conversations.
Google demonstrated the new capability at the ongoing CES 2019 in Las Vegas, and by asking Google, for instance, “Hey Google, be my Dutch translator” - the Google HomeHub smart display at the Google cafe woke up and waited for next words to translate.
The company begun testing of the feature at the concierge desk of these three hotels: the Hyatt in San Francisco, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Dream Downtown in New York.
Albeit, the assistant sometimes mistook what was said during several of the demonstrations, and that resulted incorrect translation. But it's still a huge step forward for the digital assistant.
Google's machine learning model first detects which of the two languages is being spoken, which makes the process of interpreting much easier. Before now, Google Assistant could be used to interpret, but not a pretty smooth experience with many users who have to predefine the languages on a button press between sentences.
The feature will start with the 27 languages currently supported by Google Assistant, with the pairs for each interpretation set by the initial spoken language and that requested in the command.