Gboard adds real-time voice transcription and translation
Google’s keyboard app is getting another big upgrade with version 9.7 beta. After rolling out smart completion, adding an “undo autocorrect on backspace” toggle, and testing new Google Assistant dictation support, Google is now rolling out real-time voice transcription and translation for all users of Gboard.
As noted by Android Police, transcribing and translating text aren’t new to Gboard, but they’re now married together. You could previously translate text in the keyboard app or dictate text with your speech, but the translate mode never allowed you to input text with your speech. Now with the translation interface open in Gboard version 9.7 beta, you can tap the microphone icon on the right to begin transcribing your voice. Once you hear an audio cue, speak in your native tongue and you’ll see the text translated to the language of your choice.
Android Police said text entry is a little slow, but in their experience, it’s not a dealbreaker. After all, the app is doing double duty by transcribing and translating. While it appears that all language combinations (and even automatic language detection) are supported, there does seem to be a character limit in the translate box (about 200 characters), so keep that in mind.
Google Translate is already capable of real-time transcription, but it’s nice to have similar functionality built into Google’s keyboard app. That adds a layer of convenience and makes it easy to transcribe and translate from any app you’re using.
Google confirmed to AndroidPolice that real-time voice transcription and translation are rolling out to everyone, so be on the lookout for the feature in the coming days. You can install the latest version of the Gboard app from the Google Play Store link embedded below or from APKMirror to increase your chances of having the feature be made available to you.