Hands-free. That is the trend now.
However, that is not entirely new thanks to mobile virtual assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, to name a few, we have been able to live a hands-free life.
In some ways, life has become easier with these virtual assistants. You can command them to check your Reminders, Weather, play/pause music, and many more.
Users can even command assistants such as Google Assistant to read messages from WhatsApp.
And you can be assured that they keep on evolving as their makers keep on adding useful features.
Just like Google’s very own – Google Assistant. Designed to make our lives a little easier, it has been like a little helper.
Now, the tech company announces a new update of its assistant. And get this, the update promises to be of great help to millions of Android users.
Are you excited?
Google Assistant now reads and translates webpages
Have you sometimes experience getting your hands full?
There are days when our two hands can’t keep up with our work anymore. And that is what Google Assistant is good at, helping users make life easier.
Thanks to this new update, Google Assistant now not only reads but also translates web pages out loud.
Normally, the contents of a web page are very long. And given that you are accessing it through mobile, letters can be a little smaller which some users may find it hard to read.
This highly benefits people with vision problems. You will just have to make Google Assistant read long content on your web page for you.
Listen to web pages with Google Assistant
Also, Google Assistant is able to read web pages as well as News article on Android devices worldwide starting today, a spokesperson said. You can prompt the feature by simply saying “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page.”
There are times when we land on web pages in a language that is foreign to us and we don’t understand. Thankfully, Google Assistant not only can read the content on that web page, it can also translate it to the language of your preference.
Worried that content is not in English? Google Assistant supports 42 languages. That is amazing, right?
Take a look at the video below to see the full list of supported languages.
But that is not it…
Google also made it easier for users to follow in the text. The browser will then automatically slide as the text progresses. Additionally, the words that are being read will be highlighted too.
The user will be able to change the speed with which the assistant reads and can also choose the desired voice from a selection of voices.
Furthermore, Google has also used natural and expressive voices, so you can hear a voice in a clear manner. Just like in the same manner as when someone actually reads the text.
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This useful functionality has already been deployed worldwide. However, it has not reached all the Android users just yet, typical for Google when it comes to updates.
So, if you still don’t have it, you are going to have to wait a few days. Or, you can manually check for updates on your phone Settings.