Google's Pixel Buds are more than a pair of wireless earbuds. Equipped with an inbuilt language translator and assorted Google AI tricks, they promise to be essential travel accessories - particularly when holidaying or working abroad. If you're keen to get your hands on some, here is the pricing, specifications and release date for Australia!
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Thanks to fancy new upgrades like neural network learning, translation apps like Google Translate and Microsoft Translator are better than ever. They can translate almost anything you want. But you shouldn't lean on them when you travel. In fact, I think you should use them as little as possible -- if at all.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Whether you're a globetrotter, language student, or business owner, tools like Google Translate and Microsoft Translator make it easier for everyone in the world to understand one another. But while both can translate text, speech, and images, they still each have their own quirks. So all aboard the showdown train! Next stop: translation station.
Android: The Google Translate app for Android got a huge update yesterday: now if you take a photo of a sign, menu, or any other text in another language using your Android device, you can tell the app to try and translate it based on a selection of the text that you specify. The app will try and interpret the characters from your image and will automatically translate the text into your preferred language for you.
Using its vast compendium of voice and translation data, Google appears to be working toward a semi-real-time, or "speech-to-speech", translation technology for future phone models, according to The Times UK.
Google hasn't made it official, but PC World/IDG News Service and the Google Operating System blog are totally convinced that Gmail will get multi-language, on-the-fly translation of their email messages at an event in Brussels to celebrate Gmail's fifth birthday. The screenshot above, hot off Google's servers, seems to give away the meaning of Google's event description as having "a European multilingual angle." As soon as it happens, you know we'll try it out; in the meantime, we're wondering if Gmail has anything else in store to release today.
Google Operating System points out a minor but useful change at Google: its Translate option is now available from the main 'More' dropdown on the home screen for most international Google home pages (including google.com.au), so you can translate simply by typing a phrase in the search box and selecting 'Translate'. With that said, the language detection still doesn't always work (in the example pictured, Google identified the phrase as French but offered back the identical phrase as the translation into English), but it does save a few steps. For another novel way to use Google for translations, try using Image Search instead.Google Translate, Added to the Navigation Menu
We've been all about Google Translate ever since it introduced automatic language detection, but language detection isn't the default, and even then, it could be streamlined. Enter the To English bookmarklet.
Language translation site Nice Translator uses Google Translate's results but wraps them in a more dynamic front end that offers multiple translations as-you-type. Type your phrase into Nice Translator, which auto-detects what language you're inputting, and watch as it lists multiple translations, in real-time, as you type. Google Translate's page isn't as nice-looking or dynamic as Nice Translator, since it requires you to choose both the original and translation language and manually refresh the page. For more language fun, check out the best online language tools for word nerds.Nice Translator
Online language translation app Frengly autodetects the source language of text and quickly translates it into your language of choice. Just paste any piece of text into Frengly, hit translate, and let Frengly take care of the rest. Frengly actually plugs into the Google Translate API to both detect the language and to translate the text, so you may wonder: Why use Frengly? Ultimately it's about speed and ease of use. Google Translate requires you to choose the auto-detect option every time you head to the page, which means you lose a step in what should be a feature that shaves a step off translation. Likewise, it's easier to select your destination language once from one of the many buttons rather than dig through the drop-down menu. So while Frengly isn't all that innovative on its own, you can think of it as a nicer front-end to Google Translate.Frengly