One of google’s top serves turned a decade old on Thursday. Google translate the company’s answer to the world’s translating needs. It was first started on April 28th, 2006.
“Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then, we have grown from supporting two languages to 103 and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions,” Barak Turovsky, product lead of Google Translate, posted on Google’s official blog.
Translate first started out with two languages then over the years it has manage to support 100 languages from around the globe. Google always strives to improves it services through user suggestions and more.
Google facts you might not know
- Translate breaks down barriers. An example given is how a community in Canada is using Translate to communicate with a refugee.
- Over 500 million people now use Google Translate.
- Over 100 billion words are translated each day.
- Trending searches also correlate to trending searches in Translate. A big spike last year was a translation for the word “Selfie”.
- The translation community has grown to 3.5 million people making 90 million contributions.
- Brazil uses Translate more than any other country; 92% of searches come from outside the US.
- Word Lens lets you translate images of text in 28 languages.
- In 2011, Google introduced the ability to have a bilingual conversation on Google Translate.
- Translate can be used without an Internet connection.
- Google looks forward to what the future holds for Translate
So moving forward google plans to introduce moonshots into translate. What is Moonshots? It is a way to eliminate language barriers with the development of a voice-enabled universal translation system. To put this in perspective imagine being able to speak in french (or other language) and have your message conveyed grammatically and semantically correct in english. (or other language) Google has already started working on a voice-enabled translator smartphone app that can translate roughly 24 different languages so far.
Happy Tenth Birthday Google Translate
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