Google Voice Search Now Available in 13 New Languages

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  • 18 Aug 2012
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  • Starting just hours ago, Google updated its voice search to support 13 new languages, including the Romanian shown below. We’ve also got Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Finnish, Hungarian and a couple more. Voice Search was already available in 29 languages and now the total is 42 languages and accents in 46 countries.

    The total estimated number of speakers who can use Voice Search is around 100 million, a very impressive feat from Google. Wonder how it’s done? Google collects hundreds of thousands of utterances from volunteers and during the process unique challenges are met, according to the search engine giant. Romanian, for example follows predictable pronunciation rules, but Swedish required that native speakers were recruited, to provide the accurate pronunciations for thousands of words.

    Then they built a machine learning system, based on the data, in order to predict how all the other Swedish words are pronounced. The update is rolling out as we speak and it will continue to do so over the next week. You can install the Voice Search app from Google Play and you can only speak one language into the app at a time, remember that.

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