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Google Translate is renewed and brings more than 20 new languages

TechMarkup had exclusive access to the contents of Google I/O, the annual developer conference held by the multinational from California in the United States.


Therefore, all updates will be published in the Tecno section of TechMarkup.

One of the announcements is that Google added to its translator service 24 languages, now providing support for a total of 133 languages ​​used around the world.


Among the new languages ​​are the quechua, used by around 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and other countries in the area; as well as the Guarani, which is spoken by about seven million users in Paraguay and Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil; Y the Aymara, used by about two million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Over 300 million people speak these newly added languagessuch as mizo, used by around 800,000 people in the far northeast of India, and lingala, used by more than 45 million people in Central Africa.


This update will be seen in the next days or weeks. As it is a global launch, the news arrives gradually as the service is updated.

The technology behind this project: Zero Shot

These are the first languages ​​added to the system using machine translation Zero-Shot, where a machine learning model sees only monolingual text. In other words, you learn to translate into another language without ever having seen an example before.

Although this technology is very new and has great potential, it still requires further growth in order to be optimized. This means that the translations made by the system in these languages ​​will be very good but not perfect. or as optimal as it happens when, for example, it is translated from English to Spanish.


As with all new technology, it requires time to mature and in the specific case of this development, as it is an AI model, it is important to understand that the greater the exposure to what it must learn, in this case the language, the better results will be achieved.

Many teachers, linguists and native speakers also participated in this initiative.

The complete list of the languages ​​that were incorporated:

Multi-search to explore the world

In recent days, the multisearch option was launched, which allows you to search for images and text at the same time. The novelty now is that A new tool is added with the multi-search option, to find relevant information in different places that appear in Google.

from now one you can use a photo or a screenshot and add “near me” in the search engine to see options for local restaurants or stores that have the clothing, home goods, and food you’re looking for.

For example, If you see a picture online of a dish of food that looks delicious and you want to try it, but you don’t know the name or where to get it; you could use the multilookup option to find it.

Google scans millions of images and reviews posted on web pages, and on Maps, to find results about nearby places that offer the indicated dish.

Local information in multisearch will be available worldwide later this year in Englishand in the future it will be expanded to more languages, although no precise date was specified.

scene exploration

The company anticipated that it is working on the “scene scan” function, which will allow you to use multi-scan to capture a panoramic image with the camera and instantly gather information about multiple objects in a larger scene.

“Imagine that you are trying to choose the perfect chocolate bar for your friend who is a connoisseur of chocolate. You know she loves dark chocolate but they don’t like nuts, and you want to get her something quality. With scene scanning, you’ll be able to scan the entire shelf with your phone’s camera and see useful information superimposed in front of you.”


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