Google will let Assistant read articles for you in 42 languages

Yordan, 08 January 2020

Google has introduced a new feature for its virtual assistant at CES - it will be able to read out articles when you ask it. Currently in development, the Read It feature will be able to turn whatever text you have on the screen to voice, and it should support 42 languages once it actually launches.

When you say "Okay Google, read it", it will activate text-to-speech engine and will read out in a "natural manner", according to the dev team. However, the article must be opened either in the Google app, Google Chrome or Google News platform - no third-party apps will be supported initially.

According to David Kadouch, Product Lead at the Research and Machine Intelligence division at Google, you’ll also be able to translate and THEN read out loud the article, but machine learning is still a bit glitchy when translating words and sentences in bulk. Google hasn’t said anything about a time frame, so the "Read It" feature is still classified under "coming soon".


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 14 May 2021
  • uQK

I want to download persian language

  • stfu
  • 09 Jan 2020
  • Fvc

Not sure what's the hype all about? MS Edge can read pretty much any website already, both on the desktop and on mobile...

  • Dielli..
  • 08 Jan 2020
  • 0wu

Android is low with talkback. VoiceOver on iPhone 4s is better by talkback...

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