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Google improves Translate with offline AI

Get accurate language conversion without an internet connection. Google isn't going to sit idly by while Microsoft brings AI-based offline translation to your phone. The company is rolling out internet-free neural machine translation to its Translate apps for Android and iOS, promising much more accurate language conversion when you don't have the luxury of data. The initial release covers 58 languages, including a slew of European and Indian languages as well as common translation targets like Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. Despite the improved accuracy, the app shouldn't chew up too much of your valuable device space. Each language takes about 30MB to 40MB , Google said. And you don't need a powerful device, either -- this should work with "low-end" phones. The smarter offline feature is only available for about one percent of all Translate users as of today, but it should reach 99 percent of them by the 13th and everyone by the 15th. So long as you don't need it right away, you should have everything you need to find the washrooms on your next vacation.

Google Translate is rolling out offline AI-based translations that you can download

Google has rolled out offline downloads for its AI-powered translator. So if you dont have unlimited data or you have a plan that doesnt work internationally, you can now download neural machine translation from Googles Android and iOS apps. Previously, you could download Google Translates offline dictionary on the go. But whether you were figuring your way through a foreign menu or deciphering cool storefronts, you may have discovered that the dictionarys quite literal translations dont fully grasp the nuances of a foreign language, even if the language is Spanish or French, which are quite similar to English. The plight doubles when youre trying to decipher a language with a different alphabet and roots, like Russian or Chinese, where even the AI-based translator makes mistakes. Google Translates offline AI translations will first be available in 59 languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, German, and Hindi, to name a few. Theyll take about 35MB per language, so they wont use up too much of your devices storage. Lower-specced phones should also be able to support the new update, as Google says it wants users in all markets to have access to the feature. Its a gradual rollout; about 1 percent of Google Translate users will get the update today. By the 13th, 99 percent of users should get the update, and by the 15th, it should be fully available. No more strange literal dictionary definitions while traveling, for the most part. Heres a full list of the 59 available languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jannada, Korean, Lavtian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh