Microsoft updates Translator app on Android and iOS

Microsoft updates Translator app on Android and iOS

On Thursday, software giant Microsoft enhanced its Translator app on Android and iOS by rolling out two new features --- one for the Android platform; the other for the iOS platform.

The updated version of the Microsoft Translator app on Android boasts the addition of a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered translation engine; while the updated iOS version of the app gets a new image translation option based on Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Sharing details of the new features, Microsoft said that the AI-powered translation engine available for the Android users of the Translator app is the engine based on the Deep Neural network, to facilitate offline translation. The feature allows Android users of the Translator app to download free offline packs for different languages, and enjoy “near online quality” offline translations.

Meanwhile, the new feature coming to the updated Microsoft Translator app on iOS gives the iPhone users a new image translation option. With the help of Microsoft’s OCR, the updated version of the iOS app is now capable of translating the text captured in an image.

The image translation option – which is already available on the Microsoft Translator app on Windows – can prove to be a useful feature for translating menus, signposts, and other such things.

Overall, the Microsoft Translator on the Android and iOS platforms supports translations -- including text and voice translations -- in more than 50 languages.

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