Google Cloud Speech-to-Text reaches 200 million people with language upgrades5. March 2020
Google Cloud Speech-to-Text reaches 200 million people with language upgrades
New York, 4.3.2020
Google Cloud is expanding its voice-to-text API to another 200 million people around the world today, supporting Albanians, Burmese, Estonians, Macedonians, Mongols, Punjabi and Uzbeks. Including today’s language updates, the API now supports more than 70 languages.
Speech-to-text is a form of natural language processing (NLP) that converts speech into words and is often applied to things like video subtitles or transcription. As part of today’s news, a version of the Google Cloud Speech-to-Text API that performs 60% better than the base model when transcribing phone audio is now available in US Spanish, UK English and Russian.
The API also provides an improved way to assign words to specific speakers in transcripts and to automatically punctuate languages such as German, French, Japanese and Swedish. This is the latest addition to Google’s language offering. Last week, Google Translate added support for new languages like the Uighurs and Turkmen. On Wednesday, Google Assistant received long-form reading and translation of content with a more expressive voice. Google Assistant now speaks twice as many languages as Amazon’s Alexa and more than any other AI assistant on the market.
In other recent Google Cloud news, the Next conference was turned into an online-only event due to the COVID-19 corona virus.