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Google has today rolled out its super fast translation package in offline mode. This will deliver accurate and natural machine translations to users without a live connection to the internet.

The team at Google worked for almost more than 2 years to deliver the powerful neural machine translation (NMT) technology to Google’s native Translate applications on smartphones. Using neural nets, the package should provide instant and accurate human-sounding translations for both Android and iOS users.

Previously, the offline translation tool worked by breaking down sentences and then translating every individual phrase. However, with AI-powered NMT technology, the app translates the whole sentence swiftly in one. NMT uses millions of translated examples collected from different sources including books, documents, articles, and search engine results. This information is then used to understand how a given sentence can be formulated in a natural way that remains true to its intended context.

In addition, this offline feature is surprisingly compact. Each language package is just 35 MB. That means you’ll be able to download it to your phone without using up all of your precious storage.

Google says that the package would be very soon rolled out in over 59 languages in next couple of days. It should include European, Indian and several other languages.

At present, you will be able to translate the following languages offline:

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, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, 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.

To use offline translations in your Google Translate app, browse to Offline Translation settings, tap the symbol next to the language name and the package gets downloaded. To learn more, check out the official announcement at the Google Blog page.

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