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Google Translate adds offline and camera translation for seven Indian languages

Travelers in India are going to have an easier time navigating around areas that use these seven Indian languages.

  • Published: April 19, 2018 11:09 AM IST
Google Translate app support for seven new languages

Google Translate has been a savior for many of us when dealing with unknown language situations. And now Google Translate in India just got an upgrade with the addition of seven Indian languages. The seven languages being added are Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. This means that people who are travelling around parts of India that use any of these seven languages can use the update to get translation from these languages.

Google has introduced an offline version of the support for these languages, which essentially means that you just need to download the 30MB update (as reported by Android Police). This update is not too hard on low-end smartphones, and travelers visiting ares with these languages and spotty networks can use the app without a hitch, thanks to its offline capabilities.

The update is version 5.18.0.RC03 and it comes with new camera translation features as well for these seven languages as well. Though this feature is just limited to translation from English to these seven languages at the moment, we expect Google Translate to support the vice-versa functionality soon. But as it stands now, only users of these seven languages who have difficulty with English would find much use of this feature.

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Google Translate has been steadily improving its support for the Indian languages and and example of case on point would be the introduction of Neural Machine Translation technology a year back. This technology helped in the translations between English and nine of the most widely used Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kannada.

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  • Published Date: April 19, 2018 11:09 AM IST