YouTube Is Testing An Improved Voice Search Feature For Multilingual Users

It has been seen that Google-owned YouTube is always testing out new features and options to be implemented in the app to enhance the user experience. The company always focuses on innovating features, particularly in the research part.

Recently, Google started to experiment with an all-in-one record-and-publish feature on YouTube, and now the company has started to test a feature that will help users to easily find the video that interests them. It has been seen that YouTube’s engineers are developing a new button that will enable users to switch voice search languages right on the input screen of the app.

The new feature will be very beneficial for multilingual users or those who like to use voice search in variety of cultures. The feature will allow users to search for content that is not available in the language they have set up in their YouTube settings. With this option, users will be able to customize voice search according to language.

The company hopes that the new test will help YouTube’s voice search systems to better account for multilingual speakers. The new feature will be ideal for those users who watch videos from different countries. However, content from other countries does not appear frequently in the search results as those videos are from countries other than what was entered in the default settings of the YouTube app.

The additional positive point in this update is the fact that Google better serves those users who are multilingual, as the option will allow those users to search for video themes related to the language they desire. As the company usually rolls out these types of experiments with a small number of users, the feature is also rolling out to only a few users.

If a user is included in the new test, a blue banner will appear on the voice input screen. The banner provides extra details for beta testers. According to the company, the language selector is available for all languages that are supported by ‘Cloud Speech-to-Text’. These languages are listed on the official website of Google Cloud.

Uzbek, Burmese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and Estonian languages are some of those languages supported by Cloud Speech-to-Text. However, it is not yet clear whether users will have to scroll through a large list of all of these languages while switching or the most used languages will be easily available to them.

Screenshot of current YouTube voice search layout:

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