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Google Translate can now transcribe foreign languages in real time, including Hindi

Transcribe will be rolling out in the next few days with support for any combination of the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai, says Google

Google today announced a new speech transcribe feature for Google Translate. The feature allows Translate to transcribe foregin languages in real time and is currently available in 8 languages.

“Transcribe will be rolling out in the next few days with support for any combination of the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai," the company wrote in a blog post.

“You can pause or restart transcription by tapping on the mic icon. You also can see the original transcript, change the text size or choose a dark theme in the settings menu," the post adds.

The feature basically makes Google Translate more useful for users. The company said it will roll out to Android users in the coming days but it’s unclear whether it’s available for iOS users too.

Further, Google said that the feature will work best in silent environments right now, and when a single person is talking. That probably means you won’t want to use it in a crowded street or mall just yet. However, it’s certainly the first step to what the eventual vision for Google Translate seems to be.

Google already has other speech related technologies working on phones, including Google Assistant. It’s likely that Translate’s new feature will also plug into the Assistant. And as more people use the feature, Google will be able to improve its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to improve recognition.

The feature also seems close to Google Assistant’s recently added ability to read web pages aloud. Google included foreign languages in that too, including quite a few Indian languages.

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