Amazon’s Alexa assistant is now capable of Live Translation on E ony devices. The new feature allows users to start a session for real-time translation between two languages, and the smart speaker will provide instant voice-based translations to enable conversation between speakers of two different languages. A total of six languages are supported initially, allowing translations between English and one of the supported languages - Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hindi, Italian and Spanish. The feature currently only works on Echoo devices with a local setting to English (US), according to Amazon.
On most Echo devices, the function works by sound, and a session can be started by saying ‘Alexa, translate Hindi’ or any other supported language to which you want to translate. If you have an Echoa device with a screen, such as the Echoa Show 5 or older E Ea Show, the feature also provides an on-screen transcript for the translation.
This only works for Echoo devices at the moment, so the person you are trying to talk to will need to be in your home with you most of the time. You could also use this in a hotel in a foreign country using the Alexa for Hospitality platform, or using a battery or vehicle-based E device device, such as an E Female Input Portable or Echoa Automatic, respectively.
Google Assistant already has a similar feature with Interpreter Mode, which was launched for smart speakers and smart screens almost two years ago. Amazon is delaying the game a bit, but this new feature will certainly be useful for owners of Echo devices and will hopefully be launched to Alexa even with smartphones, thus making it much more useful in real-world settings.
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