Google Translator Update Brings Improved Voice & Visual Translations
The idea of a universal translator may be far-fetched from reality, but Google has indeed come one step closer with a recent Google Translator application update which is scheduled to roll out later today. Below, you’ll find a quick rundown of everything that has made its way to the Google Translator.
With the said update, Google has put a huge focus on voice controls and has essentially made your smartphone a portable personal translator. Using the microphone on a smartphone, the application can now translate two languages more seamlessly than before!
For instance, while roaming in France, you come across a nice shirt which you wish to buy. All you need to do is to speak your query into your smartphone which will translate it and pose that very question in French. Everything the salesperson says will automatically get translated into English and vice versa.
Tests have found that the application works best when spoken sentences are short and with frequent pauses. Even with all this, the application is nowhere near perfection, but it gets the job done.
Another cool addition that has seen its way to Google Translator is a visual translator. Using your smartphone’s camera, users can place the desired foreign texts (billboards, brochures, etc.) within camera’s field-of-view and receive on-screen translation.
NYTimes reports that this technology comes from Word Lens; an application developed by Quest Visuals which Google acquired back in May and has integrated their technology into Google Translator.
In related news, Microsoft has also dived into translation with Skype’s video calling service which allows participants to translate conversations between English and Spanish in real-time. For more information on this, check out this link!
Google began translation back in 2001 and now offers translations for over 90 languages with around 500 million monthly users. Speaking of Google Translator, the Product Leader Barak Turovsky stated that the application does around a million translations per day and 95% of its users reside outside the United States.
Did you get a chance to try out Google Translator application with its upgraded features? Share your impressions with us in the comments below!
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