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Google Translate has supported offline translations for a while now, making it ideal for use when you’re traveling overseas and need a translation app but don’t have access to the internet. However the offline version doesn’t really compare to the online version, but Google is changing that.

The company has announced that they are upgrading its offline Google Translate app by bringing neural machine translation onto your device. This means that if you don’t have an internet connection, not to worry as the use of NMT on your device will still allow for accurate and contextually accurate translations.

According to Google who talked about the benefits of the NMT system, “The neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than piece by piece. It uses broader context to help determine the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to sound more like a real person speaking with proper grammar. This makes translated paragraphs and articles a lot smoother and easier to read.”

Google adds, “If you’ve used offline translations before, you’ll see a banner on your home screen which will take you to the right place to update your offline files. If not, go to your offline translation settings and tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language.” These changes should already be live and rolling out to users, but if you don’t see it not worry as it should eventually reach you over the next few days.

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