This month’s news from the translation tech space takes us from Turkey to India and on to China. Whether you’re looking for your newest translation app or are ready to try out voice tech through beta testing, there’s a little something for everyone.
Read on …
Skype Translator Opens to Beta Testers
Geeky Gadgets: “Earlier this year Microsoft unveiled the first details of their new Skype Translator feature that the company is hoping to roll out before the end of the year, allowing users to speak another language using Skype without having to learn it.
This week Microsoft has opened up registration for the new Skype Translator preview allowing Windows 8.1 users that are interested to register their interest.” – Skype Translator Real-Time Translation Sign-Up Now Available For Windows 8.1 Users (video), 4 November 2014
SwifKey Steps Up in Asia
TechCrunch: “Predictive keyboard maker SwiftKey, which is backed by investors including Index and Accel, has finally launched a Chinese beta of its software on the Android platform. This follows the launch of SwiftKey for Japanese beta back in May.
This time last year the U.K. startup — which was founded back in 2008 — told TechCrunch the two Asian languages were the big outstanding projects on its language support to-do list. It also added a raft of Indian languages last month, in another beta update, so its Far East focus is clear.
Factoring in all these various betas, SwiftKey told TechCrunch its total languages on Android is now 92.” – SwiftKey Eyes The Far East With Beta Launch Of Chinese On Android, 13 November 2014
Google Brings Voice Search to Hindi Market
BGR: “Google Now already recognizes the Indian accent as well as understand Hinglish. Today, at an event in New Delhi, Google demoed voice search in Hindi. Additionally, it also launched a portal for Hindi-related content like websites, blogs, apps and videos among others.
Earlier this year, Google India’s Sandeep Menon told BGR India how Hindi voice search was the next big thing for Google India. He also revealed how the company had over 700 volunteers in India who are asked to read popular search queries in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars.
‘Our mission at Google is to ensure the world’s information is universally accessible, and this includes the millions of users in India who are about to come online for the first time,’ Amit Singhal, Google’s senior vice president of Search said.” – Google launches Hindi Voice Search, website dedicated to discovering Hindi content, 3 November 2014
Slated App Cuts Out Cut & Paste Translations
Redmond Pie: “Remember when Google Translate made Internet communication so much easier? Well the new ‘Slated – Translation Keyboard’ for iOS 8 / 8.1 is breaking down the language barrier in real time, allowing users to post translated messages without additional legwork.
Earlier, translating messages to be sent and those that were received involved a lot of copy pasting moves, but Slated lets you input text in your native language, translating it in real-time as you tap through on that on-screen keyboard. All you need to do is tap the translated text, and hit the Send button just as you would with the stock iOS 8 / 8.1 keyboard.” – Slated Keyboard For iOS 8 Translates What You Type In Real Time, 7 November 2014
In Turkey “Ouch!” Becomes Multilingual
Hurriyet Daily News: “Thanks to a newly developed mobile app, tourists traveling to Turkey will soon have the opportunity to locate nearby health professionals who speak their language.
‘Let’s say you are a Swedish tourist visiting Turkey and your child fell down and broke his leg. All you need to do is open this app and search for a nearby orthopedist who speaks Swedish,’ said Ömer Tontuş, General Director of Health Development at the Turkish Ministry of Health.” – Turkish mobile app locates doctors by language spoken, 15 November 2014