After weeks of test roll-out, Google has finally made the simultaneous support for multiple-languages in Google Voice Search for Android official. According to the search giant, Android users with Google Search v3.6 version installed will now be able to use this feature.
To select the primary and others languages, open Google Settings app, tap Search & Now > Voice > Languages, and select your languages.
“For many people out there, speaking just one language isn’t enough. More than half the world’s population speaks two or more languages—and now Google can keep up. With the Google Search app on Android, you can speak in multiple languages and Google will understand you no matter which one you choose. So you can fire off a search for nearby restaurants in English, then dictate a text to your friend in French,” David Eustis, Software Engineer, Android wrote in a blog post.
Google notes that the voice search will only be able to understand you if one whole query or sentence is in one language. So, don’t try and mix match different languages in a single query as that won’t work.
“Google will automatically detect which language you’re using. (For now, you need to stick to one language per sentence though.) You can select up to five languages total—enough to satisfy all but the most advanced polyglots,” Eustis explained in blog post.
The search results will differ language to language and so will the voice-actions support. Also, you might or might not get the spoken knowledge graph output depending on your query language.