17 March 2020
Google Translate app has received the new Transcribe feature for live speech to text translation. Google has announced the availability of the feature in 8 languages via a blog post. The Transcribe feature in the Translate app will translate the speech in real-time or say as it happens, so to remove the communication barrier completely.
According to Google, the feature fosters understanding between two people in many situations. The Transcribe feature will roll out in the next few days with support for any combination of the eight languages – English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.
The feature is now available on the Google Translate Android app. Just go to the Translate app to get started and then tap on the “Transcribe” icon from the home screen and select the source and target languages from the language dropdown at the top. You can pause or restart the transcription while it’s happening by tapping on the mic icon. You will also be able to see the original transcript and can change the text size or choose a dark theme in the Settings menu for the comfortable read.
Google notes that this new feature is best suited in a quiet environment with one person speaking at a time. The company will make speech translations available in a variety of situations soon.
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