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GOOGLE TRANSLATE IS ROLLING OUT OFFLINE TRANSLATION

Date: 2018-06-14



Google has finally rolled out offline downloads for its AI-powered translator.

Basically, it will save your travelling life, especially if you do not have unlimited data or you have a plan that does not work internationally. Do not fear, you can now download neural machine translation from Google's Android and iOS apps.

Users' could previously download Google Translate's offline dictionary on the go. But they discovered that the dictionary's quite literal translation doesn't fully grasp the nuance of a foreign language, even if the language is Spanish or French, which are quite similar to English.

The plight doubles when you’re trying to decipher a language with a different alphabet and roots, like Russian or Chinese, where even the AI-based translator makes mistakes. The AI-translator will first be available in 59 languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, German and Hindi (to name but a few). Each language will take up about 35MB of memory space, so they won't use up too much.

Lower-specced phones should also be able to have access to the new update, as Google wants users in all markets to have access to the feature. It is a gradual rollout; about one percent of Google Translate users will get the update first, by the end of June it should be fully available. So, no more strange literal dictionary definitions while travelling, for the most part.

Here’s a full list of the 59 available languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jannada, Korean, Lavtian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.


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