Voice Search for Android now supports 13 new languages

Voice Search enables you to speak into your phone to get search results quickly and easily. Voice Search for Andriod is already available in 29 languages, and now, Android has announced that it included support to 13 new languages for its users—bringing the total to 42 languages and accents in 46 countries. In fact, 100 million new speakers can use Voice Search now, with the addition of:

  • Basque
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • European Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Galician
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Swedish

Android posted that adding these new languages led engineers and scientists to tackle some unique challenges. While languages like Romanian follow predictable pronunciation rules, others, like Swedish, required native speakers to provide with the pronunciations for thousands of words. Scientists then built a machine learning system based on that data to predict how all other Swedish words would be pronounced.

This update has already started to roll out, and will continue to do so over the course of the next week. As with other languages have been added, one of the major benefits to Google’s cloud-based model is that the more people use Voice Search, the more accurate it becomes.

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