Microsoft Translator Upgrades Distinctly for Android and iOS

February 24, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft Translator is measuring itself up to Google Translator, for which they have introduced some unique upgrades now for the Android and iOS versions.

Microsoft has introduced the updates as individual packs, so users of Android devices may not be able to enjoy what iOS users get new, and vice versa.

The highlight of the update for Android devices is the new offline translation capability. Android users can now have translations carried out even in offline mode with the help of the new neural network-powered engine, provided that they have already got the offline pack downloaded in the app. The engine, which they claim to be the first of its kind, has been used for the auto-translation feature in Skype.


However, Microsoft Translator doesn’t extend support for every language in offline mode. Upto nine languages are supported currently, and those are Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Microsoft also promises that it will be expanded in the near future.

The iOS version, which will cover iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, gets updated with the support for optical character recognition. Just point your device camera to a sign board or wordings around you and Microsoft will have them picked up automatically for translation. Over twenty languages are supported in Translator’s OCR feature currently.

Microsoft says that both of these would soon be crossing the platform border as they have plans to have all the new features introduced across all platforms, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

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