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Google Chat Translation Tool Adds New Indian Languages to iPhone App

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November 14, 2011

Google Chat Translation Tool Adds New Indian Languages to iPhone App

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

So you are on the go, perhaps somewhere in India, and need to quickly translate a chat or something else ….let’s say, into Bengali? If you have an iPhone (News - Alert), you are in luck.

Google has updated its Google (News - Alert) Translate for iPhone app to add five regional Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, bringing the total number of languages supported by the app for the Apple iOS mobile operating system to 63 languages.

With this update, users will be able to translate words direct from English to the language of their choice in Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

“The updated app supports the ability to view dictionary results for single words and to display romanizations for these new Indic languages. So even if you can’t read the script the words are written in, you can still take a shot at reading the translation,” says a Google Translate blog post by Jeff Chin, product manager, Google Translate.

But, be warned; since these languages are still in their alpha phase, Google gives this disclaimer: “…You can expect translations be less fluent and include many more untranslated words than some of our more mature languages – like Spanish or Chinese—which have much more parallel data to power our statistical machine translation approach.”

Google Translate for iOS now supports text translation among 63 languages, voice input in 17 of those languages and text-to-speech in 24 of them. Users can get the latest version of the Google Translate for iPhone app from the App Store now by clicking here.

Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TMCnet, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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