Microsoft has updated its Translator apps for iOS and Android with a couple of new features that include a new artificial intelligence powered on-device translation engine for Android and a new image translation feature for iOS that uses Microsoft’s leading Optical Character Recognition technology.
Microsoft launched the Translator app for Android in August last year and one of the features that the community has consistently asked for is support for offline translations. Microsoft says that in adding this request it wanted to make sure that the level of quality for offline translations was as close as possible to online translations.
So it made a Deep Neural Network-powered offline engine that’s available in the Translator for Android app now. Users can download free offline packs of the languages they want and get near online-quality translations even when they’re without an internet connection.
iPhone users get a new image translation feature that lets users translate text from their camera roll or saved pictures. This feature is great for translating signs, menus and flyers. This feature was previously available only in the Translator app for Windows and Windows Phone, now it has finally been added to the iOS app.
Aside from these features, Microsoft Translator is capable of translating over 50 languages, and even makes it possible for users to conduct full translated in-person conversations via its conversation translation feature.