In an interesting move which is bound to make their application a powerful competitor for Google Translate, Microsoft decides to apply AI technology to offline translations.
The company has recently introduced some updates for the Android version of their Translator app, which will include access to offline translations, powered by the same artificial intelligence technology that Microsoft used in Skype Translator and Bing Translator.
It’s called a Deep Neural Network and it guarantees that the offline translations will be extremely close to their online versions in terms of accuracy.
This will reportedly make Android users very happy, seeing how many of them are constantly on the move and they don’t want to use up too much of their mobile data.
This means that if you are traveling abroad and you want to find out what a particular phrase means, you can simply download the offline translation pack and use it for translating both text and voice.
Uers can find offline language packs available in Chinese Simplified, Italian, German, French, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Microsoft has also incorporated a special option for the iOS version and that is the image translation feature. In technical terms this is known as the Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Confused about how it works? It’s pretty simple actually.
All you have to do is put your camera on whatever you want to translate and then the application will automatically generate a translation, replacing the previous text from the camera.
Even more interesting is the fact that you can use this tool in order to translate a text from an image obtained from a social media or messaging platform. For this, you can use the same procedure as before and it will automatically show you the translation.
Nonetheless, you should know that the image translation feature does not work for all languages. It currently supports only 21 of them, so make sure to check out if the language you are interested in is being supported by this application.
However exciting this news may be, we have to keep in mind the fact that all of these features have existed for several years now, both in Windows and Windows Phone platforms. This makes Android and iOS the highly anticipated latecomers to this party.
Regardless of all the competition, Google Translate still remains the most important application in this field, supporting over 103 languages over a whole range of operating systems.
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