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Google Translate
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Google Translate is the most popular free multilingual translation machine. It was developed by Google and first released in 2006. For now, the app supports 103 languages including Japanese, Belarusian, Arabic, and less popular like Luxembourgish or Urdu. Google Translate is more than just a translator, the service offers a website, interface, Android and iOS apps, and API with which the developers can build their own software applications and extensions for the browser. Interesting fact, as for May 2017, more than 500 million users use Google Translator daily as many installations on Google Play. 

More Than a Text Translator

With the app, you can translate different forms of text and even media including videos, speech, and images. More specifically, Google Translator uses 7 translation functions:

  • Written words: translates text or written words to a chosen language;

  • Website: was developed for webpages translation;

  • Document: users can upload the document and the app translates it;

  • Speech: instantly translation of spoken language;

  • Mobile App: is relatively a new function released in 2018. The users can translate words inside any apps without exiting;

  • Image: translates text on images;

  • Handwritten: translates words that are handwritten on the phone screen. 

Apps Features

Google Translator app is available on two main platforms for mobile phones: Android and iOS. As the website version, it supports more than 100 worldwide languages. The app for Android was released on January 2010, and for iOS on February 2011. 

One thing that you should understand is that not all languages are available for translation in all modes. For example, the app can translate only 37 languages via photo, 27 via real-time video in "augmented reality mode”, and 32 via voice in "conversation mode". It is the mode that allows people to communicate with a nearby person in different languages. Originally, the regime supports only English and Spanish. But this feature is still in the testing phase. 

Physical Signs Translation

Three years ago, in January 2015, Google added one interesting ability to the app: real-time translation of physical signs with the help of the camera. It became possible after the corporation acquired the World lens app. Originally, it supports only 7 languages. 

Permissions 

A lot of users are afraid of the permissions that many apps ask. So, I want to emphasize this. As Google Translate has a really good pack of available features it will ask you to access the following features on your device:

  • SMS. It is required for translating text messages;

  • Microphone. Do not forget to activate this option if you want to use the speech translation feature;

  • Camera. A necessary tool for translating text taking from the photo;

  • External storage. It is required for downloading offline translation data on the mobile phone;

  • Accounts and credentials. 

Will it be the Universal Translator? 

The creation of the Universal Translator is the thing that was described in different fictional literature. But in today's reality, it is not a dream anymore. Google Translator has a lot of interesting features. And with the development of AI, it also evolves. For example, in 2016, the developers updated the app from statistical to neural machine translator. It means that Google Translator can even predict the sequence of the words and model the entire sentence. So, it is obvious that the app from Google is the ultimate and the best translator existing today.

Google Translate is the most popular free multilingual translation machine. It was developed by Google and first released in 2006. For now, the app supports 103 languages including Japanese, Belarusian, Arabic, and less popular like Luxembourgish or Urdu. Google Translate is more than just a transla...

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Interface 10

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Usability 9

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