Multilingual users of Google’s Android Search app can now make a one-time change to the app’s settings and easily use voice search in more than 50 languages.
In a blog post, David Eustis, an Android software engineer, says Google will automatically detect the language, but, for now, users will have to stick to one language per sentence.
Users were previously required to change the app’s settings each time they wanted to switch languages. Now, however, app users can select up to five languages, which Eustis says is “enough to satisfy all but the most advanced polyglots,” and then it’s off to the races.
According to Eustis, the ability to receive spoken responses will depend on the language and query.
In addition, users will see more languages and features over time, he adds.
To try out the new functionality, Eustis says users should make sure they have the latest version of the Google Search App and then open the Settings from the device’s apps menu, tap Search and Now -> Voice -> Languages, and select languages.