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Google Babel Project Is Actually A Real-Time Translator

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 With No Comments »

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Not a long way back word on the rumour mill was that Google was to release a service which would unite Google+ Hangouts, Messages and Google Talk all under one roof. The exciting service was to be called Google Babel. The rumour fell apart when Google unveiled said service with the name Hangouts, while losing SMS support on its way.

However, it seems as though the rumour was partially true. Google is in fact working on project called Google Babel, but it has nothing to do with a messaging service and it’s a much more herculean endeavor, which makes sense given the relation with the tower of Babel.

According to Android VP Hugo Barra, Babel is a Google based universal language translation service. Many readers might be thinking we already have Google translate, but according to Barra the translator would work so that when you speak into your phone’s microphone in one language, it automatically translates into the language of the receiver on the other end of a call. It seems a bit sci-fi, but genius if it came through.

The project is still in its early stages, according to Hugo Barra, and a commercial product is years away and mainly that’s due to background noise which affects audio input for translation. Without background noise, real time translation is reportedly 100% accurate.

This is a project to look forward to, one that could improve business connections and change the way we interact, so we look forward to seeing what comes out of this even if it takes one or two years to reach the market. Don’t forget to leave your comments on the section below.

[Via SlashGear]

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