Google Maps to receive inbuilt translation features

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2019

Recently we've seen the addition of AR navigation, making it easier to find where you are and which direction you should be heading in and that's on top of things like venue reviews, local points of interest, traffic, EV charging points and a whole lot more. The search giant on Wednesday announced features that bring the company's popular Maps and Translate apps closer together. The app will soon be able to understand and pronounce - hopefully more accurately than it pronounces "boulevard" - the local language. So if you need some help getting to the Sapporo Bīru Hakubutsukan, you won't have to make an attempt at wrapping your tongue around the words yourself. When you tap on the speaker icon either next to the name or the address of the place you're headed to, Google Maps will say the name out loud for you to share it with your taxi driver or ask a local. The prompt will also provide a quick link to jump right into Google Translate to continue your conversation.

The new feature works by detecting which language your phone is now using, then determining when to show you the translate option. For example, if you're looking at a museum in Japan and your phone is set to English, the translator button will pop up.

The Google Maps update rolls out to Android and iOS devices this month with initial support for 50 languages and additional languages in the works.

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