13 September, 2017
It said users in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi can experience offline translations and instant visual translation in their preferred language.
To use this offline translation feature, you need to download the language pack of the specific language that you want to use when you are connected to Wi-Fi. The app has also added support for conversation mode- which will allow users to have a bilingual conversation with someone, simply by talking to the Google Translate- in regional languages.
In order to use this feature, you need to open the translate app and point your camera at a signboard or text in English and get the translated text in your language on the screen. The app already lets the user use camera mode to snap a photo of the English text and get a translation in these languages. The offline translation is not new as it was already available for Hindi users.
Word Lens uses Google's machine learning algorithms, using computer vision to distinguish between letters on an image.
Google has announced several new updates to its Translate app. A report by industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India a year ago found that the English language still accounts for 56 percent of the content on the worldwide Web, while Indian languages account for less than 0.1 percent. Now, this tool is now available for these seven Indian languages.
Google also recently announced voice input support for eight additional Indian languages. It launched search feature in local Indian languages last month.
This launch comes almost five months after Google introduced neural machine translation for nine Indian languages-Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Malayalam. "India is one of the most interesting and unique places", said Mr.Turovsky. The company has been constant improving its translation features for the Indic language speakers and readers over the past few months and the latest release is a part of the same endevour. To use these features, head over to the Play Store to download or update Google Translate app.