Google planning mobile speech-to-speech translator
Google is working on high-accuracy machine translation and voice recognition
Voice recognition and translation service ready in 'a few years', claims search giant
Google has been discussing new software under development which it claims could let mobile phones translate speech "almost instantly".
A report inThe Sunday Times said that Google is adding voice recognition and automatic translation to its mobile applications. The firm already offers automatic text translations on its web pages and has plans to launch the system for mobile devices.
"We think speech-to-speech translation should be possible and will work reasonably well in a few years' time," said Franz Och, Google's head of translation services, in an interview with the paper.
"Clearly, for it to work smoothly, you need a combination of high-accuracy machine translation and high-accuracy voice recognition, and that's what we are working on."
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