Google has rolled out offline downloads for its AI-powered translator. So if you don’t have unlimited data or you have a plan that doesn’t work internationally, you can now download neural machine translation from Google’s Android and iOS apps.
Previously, you could download Google Translate’s offline dictionary on the go. But whether you were figuring your way through a foreign menu or deciphering cool storefronts, you may have discovered that the dictionary’s quite literal translations don’t fully grasp the nuances of a foreign language, even if the language is Spanish or French, which are quite similar to English. The plight doubles when you’re trying to decipher a language with a different alphabet and roots, like Russian or Chinese, where even the AI-based translator makes mistakes.
No more strange literal dictionary definitions while traveling, for the most part
Google Translate’s offline AI translations will first be available in 59 languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, German, and Hindi, to name a few. They’ll take about 35MB per language, so they won’t use up too much of your device’s storage. Lower-specced phones should also be able to support the new update, as Google says it wants users in all markets to have access to the feature.
It’s a gradual rollout; about 1 percent of Google Translate users will get the update today. By the 13th, 99 percent of users should get the update, and by the 15th, it should be fully available. No more strange literal dictionary definitions while traveling, for the most part.
Here’s a full list of the 59 available languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jannada, Korean, Lavtian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh