Microsoft Translator now has AI-powered translation even when offline

Microsoft Translator now includes AI-powered translations for offline users as well

Microsoft updated the Microsoft Translator app for Android to include offline translating for several languages.

Microsoft wants to sell offline translation to other app developers, which is its usual business strategy. Well, there is some good news in store for the Microsoft users. It is also being said that the difference between the online and offline translations are "barely noticeable".

Currently, the availability of offline translation packs is limited to Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices. And it's a very low base if Amazon Fire devices are also supported. These packs will offer higher quality translations, which are up to 23 percent better, and about 50 percent smaller than the previous non-neural offline language packs.

But Microsoft, via TechCrunch, figured out a way to allow pretty much every smartphone - even those without AI-capable chipsets - to perform translations without a data connection. For the complete up to date list please check out https://translator.microsoft.com/help/articles/languages. These apps can now call the Microsoft Translator app in the background, get the translation and then display it to their users.

Chances are you mostly need a translator app on your phone while you are traveling.

That's because most translation apps (including Google Translate) connect you with cloud computers that do the heavy lifting when it comes to translations. Even more, thanks to its highly-optimized code, this app no longer needs dedicated AI hardware and is able to run on any modern mobile processor. If Internet connectivity isn't available, the Microsoft Translator app will use the local NMT offline language packs to deliver this translation back to their app. More information regarding this feature is available in its GitHub documentation.

When the device is online, translations can also leverage customized translation models that match the app and company's unique terminology.

The Android app with language packs is available now, while the iOS app should be available after April 21, because it's still going through Apple's app review process. If you're offline, it'll use the offline translations and if you are online, it'll send the queries to the Microsoft cloud.

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