Google's recently heralded translation tool for the Android-powered smartphones has been growing by leaps and bounds since it was launched in January, and is set to add spoken forms of several new languages in the near future.
The tool, dubbed "Google Translate", has the capability to translate text to and from around 50 different languages, including Slovenian, Swahili, Icelandic, to mention a few, more than any of its competitors and has been downloaded 250,000 times since its January release.
But it still is in its infancy stage when it comes to spoken words, as it can only recognise English, Japanese, and Mandarin languages although the support for German and several other languages is to be added soon.
Interestingly, The New York Times carried out a comparison of Google Translate, Microsoft's Bing Translator, and Babel Fish.
Though none of the services were found to be perfect or anywhere near to human translation capabilities in translations of various languages, Google translate was the most accurate among all.
The search giant has reportedly been pouring intense efforts to bolster up the translation capability by making use of new technologies, such as image to text translation, which helps users to get info about anything by simply uploading the image of the entity with the translation software, the NYT added.
Accurate translation still remains one of the "Graal" in the world of technology (together with text to speech capabilities). Still, Google hasn't been shy when it comes to tackling this mammoth lifelong project. Google Translation is one of these "good enough" services that Google offers.
(The New York Times)
(Los Angeles Times)