Google Voice Support Adds 30 More Languages

With this new update Google’s speech recognition now supports 119 languages around the world in Gboard on Android, Voice Search and more.
August 14, 2017

Google has now expanded its support voice search in more languages. Today Google has brought voice typing (aka talking to your phone instead of typing) to 30 new languages and locales around the world. With this new update Google’s speech recognition now supports 119 languages around the world in Gboard on Android, Voice Search and more.

To honor languages around the world, speech recognition will support ancient languages such as Georgian, which has an alphabet that dates back to the 10th century. Google has also included Africa’s largest languages Swahili and Amharic, as well as many Indian languages.

Google says “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.”

These new languages are also available starting today in Cloud Speech API and will soon be available across other Google apps and products, including the Translate app. To enable Voice Typing in your keyboard, install Gboard from the Play Store and pick your language (press the G in the suggestion strip and select the Settings wheel). Then just tap the microphone to start speaking. To enable Voice Search, open the Google app and pick your language in the Voice settings menu (tap the top-left menu and go to Settings, then pick Voice and select your language).

In addition to drawing or searching for your favorite emoji, in English in the U.S. you can now say something like “winky face emoji” to express yourself 😉. Or even “Colbert emoji” to your friends when the occasion calls.

Here is the full list of newly supported languages. Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania), Georgian, Gujarati, Javanese, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Latvian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Sundanese, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu