Google Translate offline mode just got better

Google Translate App Gets AI-Powered Offline Mode on Android iOS

Google is rolling out an update to its Google Translate app that will enable translations even when you are offline.

When Google Translate began using Neural Machine Translation in late 2016, the service improved "more in a single leap" than in the last ten years combined.

This system works better because it translates sentences in their entirety instead of doing things piece by piece which creates a more accurate picture of a translation instead of the janky half-translations that float around in internet memes.

Until today, Neural Machine Translation required an internet connection, with offline translation on mobile continuing to use the old phrase-based approach that broke sentences up into smaller parts and did not incorporate context or the broader meaning of what's being converted.

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Google Translate has always been able to work offline for those traveling without a solid data connection, but there have been readily apparent drawbacks and limitations to that option. That makes translations of paragraphs and articles a lot smoother, the company said in a blog post.

At just 35-45 MB, offline language sets don't take up much space, either. Now the power of AI is coming to Google Translate, and that's going to make your offline experience significantly better. Hopefully, the results will generally be close enough to help you get by.

The update is being rolled out in a total of 59 languages, and is available on both Android and iOS platforms. To access the offline translations in the Google Translate app, you will have to go to the Offline Translation settings, and then tapping the arrow next to the language name to download the entire package.

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