Google’s automatic text translation tool for iOS and Android ups the language ante

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Translate got way smarter; the app now supports 20 more languages.

San Francisco – Google announced on Wednesday it was adding 20 new languages for its mobile translation application that reads text and instantly converts to another tongue.Technology giant has introduced a new update to its Translate app that will allow visual translation from English to Hindi and 19 other languages, a move aimed at strengthening its translation and transliteration offerings. Google also said it was making voice translation “faster and smoother” in the Translate app, which can interpret street signs, ingredient lists, instruction manuals and other texts.

The new ones added are Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The California group said the new features come from extensive research to develop so-called “convolutional neural networks”, or using artificial intelligence to recognise letters and words and filter out backgrounds.

These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. “Google translates about 100 billion words a day in 90 languages and one in six people with Internet access use Google Translate. India is an important market for us,” Google Product Manager (Translate) Julie Cattiau told reporters in New Delhi. “Unlike Latin and Cyrillic script, Hindi and Thai is a little different. The report explains that to try out the new languages, users can read to the Google Translate app, set ‘English’ along with the language you would like to translate and click the camera button. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. Thanks to convolutional neural networks, not only can computers tell the difference between cats and dogs, they can even recognise different breeds of dogs,” Google Software Engineer (Translate) Otavio Good said.

The visual translate uses a convolutional neural network, training it on letters and non-letters, so it can learn what different letters look like, he added. “We’ve still got lots of work to do: more than half of the content on the Internet is in English, but only around 20 per cent of the world’s population speaks English. Google has also improved its voice conversation mode to enable real-time translation of conversations across 32 languages in a faster and more natural manner on slow networks. “In many emerging markets, slow mobile networks can make it challenging to access many online tools. But part of that is also the overall user experience, which is why we also invest in things like instant camera translation and multi-language conversation.” Instead, it has had set up a Translate Community a year back to offer a platform for multilingual people from across the world to provide and correct translations.

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