The Very Smart Phone: An App to End the Language Barrier

March 31, 2016 Fotini Limes

Smartphone technology has come a long way over the past few years, but is set to propel even further in the translation field with a mobile application that can translate languages instantly. In the next five years, Microsoft claims there will be a smart phone app present which will let people of various nationalities sit down and have a smooth, easy conversation with real-time translation technology.

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Dave Coplin of Microsoft UK said that in half a decade, people will be able to converse openly and freely with only a smartphone between them.

We have seen signs of this being a possible reality from apps like Skype Translator being able to convert words using a speech recognition system into more than seven languages. In addition to this, we have seen the advancements made by the popular Google Translate app, which allows individuals to use their camera on their phone in order to take photographs of content and have the words on those images translated into over 40 languages.

Coplin carried on to say that advancements that are happening in this field are rapid and will develop quickly, essentially eliminating the language barrier.

Soon, having a conversation with someone who does not speak the same mother tongue language as you will be as easy and simple as picking up your phone.

To read more information about this new mobile application, please see: The VERY smart phone: How we will soon have an app to translate conversations in real time leading to the end of the language barrier.

Further Resources from GPI

Globalization Partners International (GPI) has developed a suite of globalization tools to achieve internationalization and many of the goals listed in this blog. You can explore them under the Tools sections of our Translation Services. GPI also offers internationalization and globalization consulting services and can evaluate your application. Partnering with GPI before you localize or translate your application will ensure that you avoid many mistakes and will also save you considerable time and money on your localization projects.

For more information about mobile application translation and localization please check our services page:

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About the Author

Fotini Limes

Director, Global Accounts. Fluent in German, Greek, French and Italian (as well as English), Fotini has over 15 years of localization industry experience serving in a multitude of operational and sales roles. She has extensive experience in document, software, website and multimedia localization and manages day-to-day global production for GPI's project management and translation teams. She has lived and worked in Germany, Greece, France and the USA.

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