Google rolls out voice search update with support for three additonal languages

Brittany A. Roston - Dec 5, 2013, 9:25pm CST
Google rolls out voice search update with support for three additonal languages

Yesterday, Google Search for Android was updated to include results from select apps and to pull up app results from the Google Play Store. Today the Internet giant has rolled out a similar update, this time adding voice search support for three additional languages: Japanese, French, and German, opening up the ability to speak one’s search term to a wider range of users.

This latest update isn’t terribly substantial, but is a welcomed change for native speakers of either of those three languages who want to initiate voice searches in their native language. This complements the functionality that English speakers have had for quite a while, and represents a sort of milestone for the search feature, even if it isn’t one of the biggest ones to roll out.

The feature works the same in the other languages as it does in English — one simply taps the microphone button in the search field and speaks when prompted. The query can be for whatever one wants, spoken in their native language, and the results will come up the same as always. The answers will be spoken back in the same language the person uses, so a query in French will receive an answer in the same language.

The update applies to those using Google Search on both their Android device or an iOS mobile, with the only requirement being the latest version of the app. As you can imagine, Google plans to add support for additional languages from more places around the globe, though which are next in line wasn’t hinted in this latest statement. Stay tuned, and we’ll update you when we know more.

SOURCE: Inside Search

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