Google Rolling Out Real-Time Transcription and Translation for Gboard Users

Google’s keyboard application, Gboard, has been getting new features and functionalities during the past several days, and now the app is getting another feature. Google recently rolled out smart completion, the company is now releasing the real-time voice transcriptions and translation feature for all Gboard users. Android Police reported that the company has confirmed that it is rolling out the feature to all users with the latest Gboard updates.

The Gboard app has offered translation for nearly years now, however, the feature only worked when users manually type the text. This feature allows users to record spoken words in one language, and then it transforms those words into translated text on the smartphone of a user, all in real-time without delay for processing.

The feature showed up on the latest beta v9.7 of the Gboard app and the company will begin rolling out the feature starting today. It will be available to all Gboard users by the end of this weak, and it currently supports several languages including English, Hindi, French, Russian, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. This indicates that users will be able to listen to any of these languages spoken aloud and then translate it to any of the other languages.

The feature works live for lectures, speeches as well as other spoken word events and pre-recorded audio. So, you can also hold your smartphone up to speakers and play an audio recording in one language, and have the audio translated into text in another language, and you will not have to input the text manually.

The ability to transcribe and translate a text is not new to the Gboard application, however, the company has now merged these options. Previously, users could translate text in the app or dictate text with their voice, however, the translate mode did not allow users to input text with their speech. Now, with the recent update, users only need to tap on the microphone icon to begin transcribing their speech. Once the audio cue starts talking, you only need to speak in your native language, and the app will display you translated text to the language of your choice. The feature requires an internet connection to work since the software of Google needs to communicate with TPUs (Tensor Processing Units) to perform live transcription. The company states that the feature will be available for Android users at launch, but Google plans to bring the feature to iOS in the future.



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