Google’s Voice Search Supports 13 New Languages – Is Yours One Of Them?


Google is looking to bring search to more more users across the globe but not with the old fashioned, inefficient way of typing out searches with our fingers. What is this, 2009? No, sir. With our voice. That’s why ‘ol Googs took to their official Android Blog tonight to let Android users around the globe know that Voice Search can now recognize 13 new languages. Which ones were added? See below.

  • Basque
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • European Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Galician
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Swedish

This now brings the grand total of 42 languages around the world who are able to search using their voice, spanning across 46 countries. The update is still in the process of rolling out and while it may not be available in your native tongue just yet, Google is promising a full rollout by next week. Google also mentioned that only 1 language can be spoken into the Voice Search app at a time, and you may need to mess with your language settings to use one of the newly added languages.

[Google Play Store]

Chris Chavez
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  1. nope, cantonese already supported.

  2. The problem with the “only one language” thing seems to be that I can’t issue commands (such as navigate to) since the command hasn’t been translated to swedish and my phone, when set to swedish, doesn’t understand english anymore. Fail!

  3. yeeeess I can use serbian, finaly something local

  4. Danish is more than pastry, Google

    1. I love cheese danishes! :d

  5. I’m surprised Google focused on supporting languages that are not that common, instead of more common ones like Bengali, Hindi or Portuguese, that have over 100 million speakers each as opposed to the supported ones that together have 100 million. Still nice to see Google add more languages.

    1. Portuguese (Brazil) was already on the list and they now added Portuguese (Portugal), so you can almost delete Portuguese from your complaint list (I don’t know how many african countries speak Portuguese). I don’t know where does the 100 million figure given by Google come from, but I know something: 100% of Basque, Catalan and Galician speakers are also native speakers of Spanish (Spain), so yes, they are adding 3 new languages but ZERO additional users.


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