Translation Tech Roundup, June 2014 Edition
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Translation Tech Roundup, June 2014 Edition

Translation Tech Roundup, June 2014 Edition

TrendsWith just Google’s acquisition of Quest Visual and the Word Lens visual translation app and Microsoft’s enthusiastic demonstration of Skype real-time voice translation, there was plenty of recent excitement in the translation technology space. But wait, there’s more! The space saw other noteworthy acquisitions, tests, and platform roll-outs. See it all below.

Twitter Tests Machine Translation for Android OS

CNET: “Twitter uses Microsoft’s Bing translation service to transform tweets on its website and its Windows Phone application. Now it’s begun trying the service out on the official Twitter app for Android, Google’s mobile operating system, too.” – Twitter tests Bing translation on Android, 29 May 2014

Waygo Visual Translation App Now on Android

TechInAsia: “After a long wait, visual language translation app Waygo has finally launched on Android. The app includes all the same functions of its iOS counterpart, including the recently-added support for Japanese. Waygo is one of the best on-camera recognition (OCR) translators out there for travelers in China and Japan. Unlike the often incomprehensible or wacky literal translations that result from many dictionary apps, Waygo’s vocabulary is tailor-made for travel purposes.” – Waygo’s point-and-shoot translation app hits Android; next stop Google Glass?, 6 May 2014

Galaxy Smartphones Translation Company Buys SYSTRAN

The Korea Herald: “CSLi, South Korea’s multilingual translation engine, announced that it has acquired SYSTRAN, a France-based machine translation tech company. Rechristening itself SYSTRAN International, the tech firm said the acquisition was part of efforts to boost its competitive edge over IT giants such as Google and Microsoft. The French company decided to accept the Korean tech firm’s offer after turning down acquisition offers from U.S. defense companies as it saw more growth opportunities in Asia, especially in the business-to-business sector. CSLi is the sole provider of translation solutions to Samsung Electronics’ flagship Galaxy smartphones.” – SYSTRAN International takes on Google Translate, 27 May 2014

Android App Translates Text Within Other 3rd Party Apps

The Next Web: “The Android app’s core raison d’être is to make it as easy as possible to translate text into your preferred language without closing the active application — this could be an email, mobile website, document, or any third-party app that lets you copy and paste text. You simply select the text you wish to convert, copy it to your clipboard, and then tap the floating Inapp Translator window to read the translation, which comes courtesy of Microsoft Translator.” – Inapp Translator could be the easiest way to translate any text on Android, 27 May 2014

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation for Skype

PCMag: “The software giant’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, on Tuesday evening took the stage at the ingaural Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. where he talked up a new era of personal computing and unveiled technology intended to break down language barriers, dubbed Skype Translator. Jointly developed by Microsoft researchers and Skype engineers, Translator uses real-time speech-to-speech translation technologies to let you have a conversation with someone over the Internet who speaks a different language.” – Microsoft Demos Real-Time Skype Language Translator, 28 May 2014

Mozilla Launches Localization Pilot for Open Web Apps

Mozilla Hacks: “When building Open Web Apps, one important factor is to make content available to as many as possible. One way to do that is to make it available in more than one language. With a complete code repository to get started and updated documentation … Mozilla is also now offering a way to have apps set up and connected to localizers directly — a Mozilla localization app pilot offered through the Transifex service.” – Introducing TranslationTester and localization support for Open Web Apps, 13 May 2014

Google Acquires Quest Visual for Google Translate

CNet: “Google has purchased Quest Visual and its well-received translation app Word Lens for an undisclosed sum, the company said Friday. The Quest Visual team will join Google Translate, according to a post on ‘By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual’s technology into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future,’ the statement said. – Google buys Word Lens maker to boost Translate, 16 May 2014

Software, Mobile App Internationalization Conference Announced

BusinessWire: “The Unicode Consortium today announced the agenda for its 38th annual Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC). The conference will take place from November 3rd to November 5th at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA. IUC is the premier event covering the latest in industry standards and best practices for bringing software and Web applications to worldwide markets. Subject areas include the global impact; programming practices; fonts and rendering; and mobile computing.” – 38Th Internationalization & Unicode Conference to Take Place in Santa Clara, CA in November, 28 May 2014