Google first launched real-time transcription for the Translate app on Android in January, according to neowin, amedia outlet. This feature translates and transcribes audio in real time, which can be captured in real time through the phone’s microphone. The search giant announced Tuesday that the feature is now being rolled out to all Android users. The company recently added support to Google Translate in five languages, bringing it to 108 languages in total.
Currently, the app can translate eight languages in real time in any combination. Languages include English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. Users can translate either of these languages into another. The updated app now has a redesigned home screen with three icons highlighted: Camera, Conversation, and Transcription.
Users can click on the Transcription icon, select the source and target languages, and then click on the Microphone icon to begin transcribing. Tap the microphone icon to pause or restart transcription. Users can also view the original transcript of the translation and can select the text size or use the dark themes available in the Settings menu.
The company says the app currently works best in a quiet environment and can only speak to one person at a time. The company plans to improve this feature over time, adding that the “conversation” mode is still best suited for back-and-forth translations. Updates with transcription are expected to be available to all Android users in the coming days.