12 February 2021
Google debuted Interpreter Mode on Google Assistant for smart displays and speakers in early 2019. It was later expanded to smartphones towards the end of the year and now, Google has released a dedicated app for the same. The aim of the app is to make it more convenient for users to make use of the functionality.
The app weighs less than 1MB in size which is because it is essentially a shortcut and not a fully-fledged app. It can be placed anywhere on the home screen and with just one tap, users will get access to Google Assistant opened in the Interpreter Mode by default. It simply makes the whole process a lot faster than triggering Assistant through voice command or a physical button.
The Interpreter Mode will select your default language on the left side. The right side offers a drop-down so that you can choose the language you want translations for. For example, you know English and are speaking with someone who is talking in German, the app will have the English language on the left side and the German language on the right side.
There are three modes of translation that you can choose from. The first mode is "Auto" where conversations will get detected and translated automatically. The second one is "Manual" where you will need to tap the mic again every time you would like the app to detect and translate. The last one is "Type to translate" which works exactly the name suggests i.e. you type the sentence that needs to be translated.
It is worth noting that Google Assistant - Interpreter Mode application is currently in the Early Release stage. It means there could be some issues that may arise as it is not the final build. Lastly, the app is exclusive to Android devices.
- Google Assistant - Interpreter Mode | Android | Google Play Store, Free