Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) is following the footsteps of Microsoft that recently introduced a translator for Skype (internet calling facility Skype Translator service). The Internet giant has plans of introducing a similar service that will turn into text the speech made in several languages.
Google to update its app soon
This will become possible with the update of the mobile translation app the company present has, according to a report from the New York Times. The Android app of the company will soon get updated.
The people who will benefit most from the app are the language learners, travelers and business communicators because the app will help them easily translate their local language into foreign languages thus making it easy to communicate with foreigners. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) will, also, introduce a service that will help in translating foreign text into native language automatically.
The report from New York Times indicated that all that the user will be required to do is point the camera of the device to a foreign text and it will automatically get translated to the native language.
At present, it is possible to make written translations in 90 languages with the help of Google Translate. It is also possible to get few popular languages translated and hear those spoken translations. With the update, the app will be able to identify whenever a speaker speaks in a popular language and turns it into written text in native language automatically.
Language barrier fading away
Word Lens is one such app that comes with a similar technology for all the platforms including Android, Google Glass and iOS. The app was designed by a startup Quest Visual, which was acquired by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) in May last year.
The technology might give horrible results at times, and as experienced on Skype a headset was needed and the service gave best results when the speaker paused to hear the words spoken by the person on the other side. The flaw was that it seemed like a conversation undertaken on Walkie-talkie two telemarketers, according to the report.
Despite few problems, the technology allows people of different origins to communicate with each other freely, slowly removing “the single biggest thing that separates us — our language,” says the report.