Alphabet Inc Class C (NASDAQ:GOOG) Assistant can now translate 42 languages on Android 5 and above devices, thus making it easier to read news articles and web pages on this platform. All the user has to do is ask Google to read a particular page, and the Assistant will immediately do the service. First introduced at CES in January, the ability of Google Assistant to translate so many languages also comes handy as a user now can understand many things clearly in his preferred language.
The experience of hearing Google Assistant speaking on the Android is quite different from the regular Google Assistant as the voice of this Android version sounds more natural and suitable for reading long text or content. Google has to constantly keep on coming out with updates for its apps and software as it faces tough competition from tech giants Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Google Assistant is currently facing stiff competition from Amazon’s Alexa, and both the companies have developed AI-based neural networks that can generate voices sounding like human intonations and sounds. Major highlighting features of Google Assistant include highlighting text and scrolling it automatically while reading, tweaking the speed of reading (slow or fast), and more.
Google Actions For Reading Text On Apps
Google also introduced Actions on its platform, which can be used by the Android app developers to bring the feature of translation and reading text on their apps. According to a company spokesman, Google plans to expand the features of Google Assistant in the future. As of now, its use will be restricted to reading long text, articles, and webpages on websites. But in the future, it may also start reading emails and newsletters.
This version from Google is completely new, but another update in the form of Google Go has been available for the developers since 2018. This particular app also supports website reading in some form. According to Google, more than 500 million users were actively using Google Assistant in January, and the tech-giant intends to add more features in the later months of 2020. Some of the features that Google might announce is scheduling actions and a sticky note on a smart display.