Skype Realtime Translation Coming by End of 2014
May 28, 2014 10:56 AM
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App will continue to be free for consumer use
Microsoft Corp. (
) is racing Google Inc. (
) to have the platform with the best voice translation. And it appears that at long last, the Star Trek vision for a
has almost been made a reality.
Just weeks ago, Quest Visual -- whose app "
" offer real-time translation via a smartphone camera of Spanish printed signage -- was acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum. Google said it will continue to support the standalone app for Android and its rival Apple, Inc.'s (
) iOS for now, but that ongoing development will shift to tightly-integrated, platform-exclusive features integrated into Android OS, Chrome OS, and Google's web API.
There are currently a number of apps claiming real-time voice translation on Android; virtually all of them use the Google Translate API.
On Google and Windows Phone, there's the third party "
" app that includes the feature iTranslate AirTranslate (it offers real-time translation of phone calls to a speaker of a different language).
iTranslate is well established, calling itself the "most used" iOS translation app. But it will soon have some tough competition.
this week at the inaugural
(#CodeCon) in Rancho Palo Verdes, Calif. that a beta of Skype was coming with real-time translation by the end of 2014. In a TechNet blog Microsoft
The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research. We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in this more personal computing era.
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The company also revealed that Skype -- an integral core app in both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 -- now has 300 million monthly active users.
acquired Skype for $8.5B USD
back in May 2011
, most felt it had goofed, overvaluing the video chat/calling service. At the time Skype had 663 million registered users, 145 million of which used the service on a monthly basis. The service only had 8.8 paying customers, who paid a monthly fee to access certain premium features.
In retrospect that valuation wasn't all that bad, given that Facebook, Inc. (
paid $19B USD for WhatsApp
, a service that boasted 450 million active monthly users last year.
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RE: Pretty awesome
5/29/2014 1:22:25 PM
Almost all app-payloads are delivered this way, although most end-users have no idea, which they shouldn't if done properly.
The app is almost always best treated as a basic front-end functionality-wise, leaving all the heavy-lifting to the back-end. Of course, app requirements dictate which approach you end up taking, but at least 9/10 apps require backend services for full functionality.
The only real exception are when there is a need for low-level functionality such as graphics, when latency is unacceptable, or when off-line support is required.
Failure to shift those work-loads onto servers generally means slower execution and/or worse battery life.
Depending on app requirements, slow execution can be acceptable (or even unavoidable) but the battery life issue is a hard one when requirements dictate a long battery life (workers in the field, for example).
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