- Google Go will now read web pages aloud, highlighting text along the way.
- The service supports 28 languages, including prominent Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, and Tamil.
- Google Go’s webpage-reading ability works even on 2G connections.
At the end of July, Google announced some new features coming to various apps in its suite of Android Go products. One of those products was Google Go, which Google revealed would eventually read web pages aloud.
That feature arrives today for Google Go users around the world. Remarkably, it already supports 28 languages out of the box, including prominent Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, and Tamil.
The Indian market is one of the largest in the world when it comes to the Android Go operating system. In India, a large portion of the population has never owned a smartphone before — in fact, many have never even been on the internet. Cheap, reliable, and simple Android devices are going to be the first foray into connected technology for many Indians.
The Google Go feature that will read text aloud will greatly assist people who have trouble reading or are not skilled in the original language of the web page. As the app reads the text of a web page, it will highlight the words as it goes, creating a good audio/visual connection to help people through language barriers.
The technology in Google Go works on 2G connections and only uses minimal cellular data. It relies on artificial intelligence to condense written passages into only the important bits, cutting down on listening/reading time.
Google says that it hopes to bring website dictation to other products in the future, so be on the lookout for more uses of this technology.