Google Now Voice-Recognition to Support 7 Languages Simultaneously

Google Now Voice-Recognition to Support 7 Languages Simultaneously

Google, adding to its list of introductions and updates, will be pushing out a major new feature to its Google Now voice-recognition service - simultaneous multi-language voice-recognition.

The updatefor Google Now, originally set to arrive on June 25 and due sometime in the American summer, will give it true multi-language support with seven languages simultaneously. This means that Google Now will be able to recognise seven different languages at one go within a sentence or a phrase.

It has been noted that users, in order to experience the multi-language support feature in Google Now, would have to pre-select the desired secondary languages. For those who are aware, Google Now currently supports up to 52 languages.

In a recent interview with Cnet, Johann Schalkwyk, lead software engineer of Google Now mentioned some of the myriad problems which they might have to face in order to make the service nearly perfect.

Schalkwyk adds that ambient noise, differently spoken patters including accents and kid's speech are some of the problems faced by them. "Speech and input modalities are very difficult" he said. "They're learning to enunciate better; they don't always speak grammatically; they yell at the phone; they hyper-enunciate -- 'DIE-no-saur."

However, Schalkwyk states that they are working hard in this area and would overcome these issues within next five years. "It's going to be five years, maybe less, before my computer can recognize child speech as well as I can," Schalkwyk he added. Also, Google announced that its voice recognition technology is now developed enough to catch Indian accent.

Tamar Yehoshua, Google Search team Vice President, additionally confirmed further that there would be some changes in the Google Now voice replies in future. "There are going to be environments where voice is better, and there are environments where you want to be more polite," she said.

Notably, Google's voice search is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS desktops in Google Chrome, and in Search apps for Android, iOS.


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