Google's Translate feature will now handle 24 more languages, the firm revealed on May 11th, at its I/O 2022 developer conference. Sanskrit, Tsonga, and Sorani Kurdish are among the new languages.
Assamese, one among the latest additions, is spoken by around 25 million people in Northeast India. Another language, Dhivehi, is spoken by around 300,000 people in the Maldives. With Dhivehi being added to translate, tourists can now be assisted when visiting the local areas of Maldives.
According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the expansion allows the business to cover more than 300 million people's languages and takes the overall number of languages covered by Translate to 133.
Pichai attributed the success to Google's translation system knowing how to interpret a portion of text without previously seeing a sample. Google noted in a blog post published during the event that the technique isn't perfect yet, but that it would continue to improve on the technology so that it can give the same experience it does with languages like Spanish and German.
Google Translate last added a major number of languages in 2020, when the firm upgraded the technology to accommodate Kinyarwanda, Odia, Tatar, Turkmen, and Uyghur. Google still has a lot of work to do.
It is estimated that about 7,151 languages are spoken globally. Nonetheless, the latest additions including Dhivehi will enable individuals to communicate in situations where they couldn't before!