Google Now multi-lingual support pushed back to summer

Google is now delaying support for seamlessly switching between languages on the fly with its Google Now search. Originally planned for a roll-out within the next few days, the feature is now delayed for a launch later this summer due to the discovery of some last minute bugs.

"Multi-language support is complicated stuff and they found some bugs during their final testing phase that they wanted to fix before making the feature generally available," a Google spokesperson told CNET, and the publication is saying that the feature "is now expected to ship later this summer."

Multi-language support would allow multi-lingual users to select up to seven different languages so that they can seamlessly conduct a search in one language, look up information in another language, and launch an app in a whole new language for example. This would all be enabled without requiring users to alter the app's settings when switching from one language to the next.

Is this a feature that you're excited about? Let us know in the comments.

Source: CNET

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ibleedbloo says:

It is summer.

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thatguy97 says:

Lol I saw that

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Tim VeePee says:

It said later this summer. I know u can read....right?

ibleedbloo says:

Nope, never learned. Hasn't held me back until today.

tonybyatt says:

I think he was referring to the headline...

Chill out...

Morq says:

Awesome feature, but I can wait until they make it work flawlessly :)

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Nice, now I can use Google now in English and Korean

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tdizzel says:

well I'm not getting a Moto 360 until this feature is fixed

ajpri says:

Wonder which will come 1st...

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I only really speak one language, so it doesn't matter personally.

I do wonder if this is really a feature that multilingual people will use much, rather than talking to their phone in their native tongue?

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chronophilos says:

My phone is set to English but I have contacts I message in Spanish. If Google now could handle the send text command in English with content in Spanish it would be great..
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fuzzylumpkin says:

Good example, nice one.

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firewire says:

I could not give a better example. Contacts and Text messages are the ones that are the hardest to use with voice commands.
My phonebook has 20 different nationalities (and different names), I can correctly pronounce all of them but google wont understand the "native tongue"
My only solution for now is to use "phonetic" name for example Dietrichsen is pronounced Diet - Rich - Sen.
With text messages in different language that will be hands down the best feature

Impulses says:

Yeah, I also wrap my head around that phonetic game in order to have names in Spanish be recognized (and Spanish is much closer to English) but it's surely a hassle and most people don't bother at all... From what I've seen amongst friends/family they'll either not use said functionally or they'll switch it to Spanish and end up not using it anyway cause of the more limited scope. You'd think the second most spoken language in the world (I think?) would get more Google love. They really need to work on this if Wear is gonna succeed...

arjen82 says:

I mix and match between Dutch and English constantly. One of the reasons I prefer SwiftKey over the Google keyboard (in the Google keyboard you need to select the language, SwiftKey recognizes it automatically). My phone is now set to English as is supplies more functionality and it is usually better when searching for information, but would love to do Dutch searches without having to go into the settings

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Impulses says:

Native Spanish speaker here but I learned English at an early age (as lots of people do in Puerto Rico). I speak to my phone in English and would continue to do so if this went live but it'd be lovely if it could understand the Spanish pronunciation of names rather than me having to mispronounce most of the names in my contacts in order to get the phone to recognize them. Basically being able to say Cristina rather than Christina etc (doesn't help that I've got two Cristinas and one Christina in my contacts, but I have to pronounce that Ch for it to find any of them regardless).

Fr3lncr says:

Being in Canada and on the border with Quebec, Google voice commands are currently pretty much useless as it can't recognize any name or street name that might be based in French. That means no calls to anyone in my address book with a French name or navigating properly to a French address. For some people/addresses, I can think of how it might be said in English and use that but more often than not, Google Now just opens up a useless web search result for something that has not relation to what I asked it for.

Hopefully this gets fixed soon.

My BB, however, has absolutely no issues with French names... Though the voice commands don't have as many options and aren't as fast.

LGiusti84 says:

I would be glad if they add the function "ok Google" to other languages to.

Marsreis says:

Yes, please! Not only that, the rest of the world needs a more complete experience of Google now such as the English speaking countries.

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Dizfunctions says:

I mainly use English so this isn't a big deal, but I hope they finish their work on it soon!

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That will be awesome! As a Spanish teacher, I often search for authentic resources in the target language. Hurry up Google! School starts soon!