Google Translate now supports 20 new languages

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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. July 30, 2015: Google has shown off its upgraded Translate app in a YouTube video, using cards with lyrics from the song “La Bamba” to show how the app can translate text in real time using a smartphone. Using the app, users need to click on the camera option, and point it at the text like street signs, ingredient lists or instruction manual that needs to be translated and the same will be translated in languages like Hindi, Thai, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and Filipino.

In fact, a video demonstration posted to YouTube yesterday proves that the translator can hack the sharp pace of the Spanish-language rock and roll song, ‘La Bamba’, which was recorded at a brisk 150bpm back in 1958. The viral video shows the app running on an Android phone, clocking a cast of Google “engineers” holding up placards with portions of the lyrics, which, it has to be said, make little sense, written on them in 27 different languages, including Hindi, Bulgarian, and Thai. Photo or video translation is not available for Chinese, Japanese or Korean, though text-to-text translation and voice-to-voice translation are all supported for these languages. 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.

While optical character recognition (OCR) tools can decipher Chinese characters from scanned documents, detecting them in photos and videos adds another layer of difficulty, one that Google has not been able to overcome. 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. 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. To access popular services like Gmail, Google Calendar and the Translate app, users must turn to a Great Firewall-leaping VPN or similar such tool that gets around internet restrictions. 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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