Google Translate Now 'As Good As A Human' - Could It Save You On Holiday?

Google Translate Now 'As Good As A Human' - Could It Save You On Holiday?

Things are très bien (or, if you prefer, my impersonate) at Google these days.

The company is just about to release a cutting-edge new smartphone and has also made big improvements to its translation app.

Like just about everything else in tech at the moment, it's using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the Google Translate app.

In fact, Google reckons it's now about as good as a human translator. Google Trips wants to help you plan your holiday and be your personal tour guide abroad.

It's using a new algorithm called the Google Machine Neural Translation, which it says cuts down errors by 80% compared to previous versions.

Instead of breaking a sentence down into individual words, it reads it as a whole and checks the context against a gigantic digital dictionary stored in its memory banks.

At the moment, the new system is only being used to translate from English to Mandarin and vice-versa. But the search giant says it'll be rolled out to other languages in due course.

The Google Translate app is available for free on both iOS and Android. Because you're able to download language dictionaries to your phone, you don't have to have an internet connection to use it. Helpful if you're trying to avoid costly foreign roaming charges.