At Google’s surprise press conference in Paris (France), the company announced a major update to the Google Translate tool with improvements related to artificial intelligence (AI).
According to BGR , the event was focused by Google on various AI features the company is developing for some of its key applications. But unlike the Maps or Search services, Google hasn’t been able to integrate Bard – its recently announced ChatGPT confrontation service – into Translate. Accurate understanding and translation of languages is much more complicated than just putting words together.
With the future in mind, Google is bringing more contextual translation options to the Translate app. That’s where AI will play an important role, providing users with descriptions and examples in translated languages. In the early stages (launching in the next few weeks), the service supports English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish languages.
This application also has a new design on iPhone after Google updated the interface on Android recently. The iOS version will have a larger writing field for typing, and more accessible access points for translating conversations, voice input, and Lens camera data.
The Google Translate app will now support new gestures for easier access. Users will need fewer taps to access a language, and recent languages will be easier to access. The results are also easier to read, with the font dynamically adjusting as the user enters text.
Finally, Google Translate will support more device languages for a total of 33, including Basque, Corsican, Hawaiian, Hmong, Kurdish, Latin, Luxembourgish, Sundanese, Yiddish, and Zulu. That means users can translate even more languages offline, as long as they download them first.