Google, which is aiming its voice typing technology more inclusive, has added 30 new languages to voice search, bringing the total number of languages support by speech recognition via Gboard on Android to 119.
Some of languages that are included are Bengali, Lao, Sundanese, Urdu, Swahili and Amharic. There is even an ancient language included, Georgian.
From the Google Search Blog:
To incorporate 30 new language varieties, we worked with native speakers to collect speech samples, asking them to read common phrases. This process trained our machine learning models to understand the sounds and words of the new languages and to improve their accuracy when exposed to more examples over time.
The full list of the latest languages added to Google’s voice typing feature can bee seen on the Google Search blog.
The new languages are being added to the Cloud Speech API. Google says that its working to integrate them into the other apps like Google Translate.
Not only are there more languages being added, users in the US will be able to search for emojis using voice typing.
According to Daan Van Esch, Google’s technical program manager for speech who penned the announcement on Google’s Search blog, “you can now say something like ‘winky face emoji’ to express yourself. Or, even ‘Colbert emoji’ to your friends when the occasion calls.”