Microsoft makes Translate app for Android usable offline

Feb

21

2016

Microsoft has its Translate app for Android and iOS each given a separate update. The app for Android has support for offline translation with use of Microsoft’s deep neural network -Engine. The iOS app can translate text from images.

To offline translations to use should Android users may download language packs. Of these, nine at the time, and Dutch is not among them, but Microsoft promises to increase the number of short-term. The Redmond company says into his machine learning technology that is also at the basis of Skype Translator and Bing.com/translator , but for offline use on Android devices. This would translate “almost as good” as online translations that run directly through Microsoft Translator cloud service.

The Translator app for iPhones will have the ability to translate text from pictures. The app displays the translation in a layer over the existing words in the image. This option works in conjunction with 21 languages, including Dutch. The feature works via OCR, or optical character recognition, and is since 2010 in the Translator app for Windows and Windows Phone.

Microsoft released its Translator app for Android and iOS August last year. Microsoft’s biggest competitor is Google translations, which provided its Android app since 2012 and 2013 respectively ocr translations and offline use.

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