A few weeks ago, Skype launched its real-time translation tool called Skype Translator. Now the tech giant Google has announced that it too is preparing to launch a real-time translation tool in a few weeks.
The language barrier has proved to be an obstacle in many human activities. This looks like as it is going to change for good. Skype launched a tool to make communication a more easy process. Google is on the verge of launching a product with a significant impact on the market relating to the same issue. Popular languages and dialects are going to be translated in real-time.
The New York Times said that this endeavor will be included in the next update for Google Translate. Users will have the chance of translating a foreign language simply by photographing a street sign or a restaurant menu. The Google app will also be able to “hear” and translate content from voice recordings.
This is the main capability of the Google tool: to hear spoken language and translate it as a written text in the language the user wants to translate the content. All the process is going to happen in real-time. The tech giant says more than 100 million downloads of the Google Translate app for Android phones have been recorded, raising the number of active monthly users to more than half a billion.
The services from Google Translate, as well as the ones previously launched by its competitor, Skype Translate, can prove to be two main benefits for the users. The first is that the tool can be and might be a potential educational one, with many examples and ways to be applied in this domain. The other one is about providing a business medium. Communication barriers can be overcome and what proved to be a challenge yesterday can become a simple operational task today. This can be an evolving process and can improve if more and more intelligent tools are launched on the market.
Such a translation tool can be easily used by company employees located in different countries, who all speak different languages. Communication becomes easy when real-time translation is a reality.
Google Glass already has a similar feature included in its package of apps. If the wearer of Google Glass looks at a document or a sign written in a foreign language, the app converts it into the language of the wearer. It’s only logical that the next stepping stone would be to manage real-time voice translation. The new Google Translate update seems to be an important step to reach that goal.
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