Google to offer improved offline translations for 59 languages

Tech June 13, 2018 11:57

By The Nation

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Google is set to launch an update of offline translations for 59 languages, including Thai, with on-device artificial intelligence (AI) in order to provide better translations.



The update will be rolled out over the next few days.

Two years ago, Google introduced neural machine translation (NMT) to Google Translate, significantly improving accuracy of online translations. The free multilingual machine translation service will bring NMT technology offline on device.

A comparison between Google Translate's current phrase-based machine translation, new offline neural machine translation (on-device), and online neural machine translation.

This means that the technology will run in the Google Translate apps directly on your Android or iOS device, so that you can get high-quality translations even when you don't have access to an Internet connection, it said in a press release on Wednesday.

It said the neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than piece by piece that will make translated paragraphs and articles a lot smoother and easier to read.

Offline translations can be useful when traveling to other countries without a local data plan.