13 languages added to Google voice search

Published 15th November 2012
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nullThe Google Voice Search is a very useful tool to use on mobile devices. This utility allows us to search the web quickly and easily, especially when we perform other tasks and cannot write in the web.

Until now the platform has been available in 29 languages, but Mountain View has added 13 to its Android version.

Voice Search now supports the following languages and dialects, with their accents: Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, European Portuguese, Finnish, Galician, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Swedish. According to Google, this update opens the door to 100 million new users.

The addition of the languages mentioned was a challenge for the California Corporation. This was explained by managers in the official blog:

While in some languages, like Romanian, pronunciation rules remain predictable, with others, such as Swedish, we recruitednative speakers to provide us with the pronunciation of thousands of words. Following this, our scientists created a machine learning system based on that data to predict how they should rule the other Swedish words.

It is certainly a job that requires a lot of time, dedication and resources. The update for the 13 new languages supported in the voice search will be made available gradually. The only requirement is to have a device running Android 2.2 or higher.

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