Just by tapping the microphone icon in the search bar, English speakers can ask Google any number of questions and have their phone respond in their native language. Thus far, others haven't been so lucky. But now Google is expanding that functionality to more languages. Starting today, French, German, and Japanese speakers shall also be able to ask their Android devices questions and hear answers spoken in the same tongue.


The changes should take place server-side, so you don't have to wait for a update (as long as you already have the latest version, that is). Just fire up the Google Search app on your Android phone and ask away. As for other languages, stay tuned. Google is working to add support for more in the days ahead.

Source: Google

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Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • fsdgasdg

    hebrew aswell!

  • valynor

    Voice search in German has been available for about half a year already.

    • Jan

      came here to say the same. It seems to be longer than half a year though

    • John Smith

      CNet also got it wrong; reporting that German is a new feature

    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      Same in French, I've been able to show off with it on my Nexus 4 for about 9 months. My hope is that the announcement means that it will go beyond the basic "hauteur de la tour Eiffel" stuff and understand more questions in our languages.

    • Solust

      The article isn't talking about being able to search in German, it's talking about the search being able to reply back in German. I don't know if it did that part before or not. It seems most people are thinking you couldn't use voice search at all in those languages, which would be false. All three languages were able to be used for searches but I know Japanese didn't have replies until recently.

  • Ryu Lynn

    how do i change my voice search into french without changing everything else?

  • chokkan

    I think the next step is for it to be able to detect what language I am speaking. Can it already do that? For people that use the web in more than one language, that would be so useful.

    • Roemraw

      I like my stuff to be in english, but it would be wonderful if I could speak to it in Dutch and have it reply back to me in English :D

  • DaDennis

    Voice search in german is availably for a few months now, I don't really see the news here ...

  • compupolis

    In order for this to work, is it necessary to change the language in settings first, or will it just recognize the language automatically? The article isn't clear on this. I'm guessing I have to change my settings first?

  • gokh

    Si si la baguette!

  • Martial Clausse

    It should be noted that the 'OK Google' hotword support is still only available when using the English (US) voice language.
    (For people using GEL)

  • ToinouToinou

    French here -- Most of you don't understand what's going on here. Up until now you could ask stuff but voice response wasn't available. You only had the cards. Now when you ask something it will speak the answer back to you.
    Hopes this clears it up.

    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      It was speaking up the answer in French for months, but only for a few "easy" question with "easy" answers (stuff like like "distance de Paris à Bordeaux"). I hope this clears up your clear-up.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    But still has limited utility outside of the usa.

  • Youri

    C'est Formidable =)

  • Jadephyre

    "OK Google" Hotword is still only working if you've set your language to english. Previously I didn't even bother installing the german language pack because i'm fine with voicing my requests in english, but I thought i'd try it with german again after reading this.
    Well, it's not like i'm very surprised by that, in fact I kind of expected it.

  • thewild

    And still no possibility to add a reminder in Google Now when language is not set to English.
    I can understand, this is such a huuuuge technical challenge.... is it not ?