Toronto, Canada — Google is developing a new, fully-fledged translation tool, its translation team says, as it seeks to take on the big translation software firms.
The project is the result of a year-long collaboration between the search giant and Toronto-based Translate.
Google’s software is designed to make translation work more smoothly for translators.
It has been used to help hundreds of thousands of people around the world translate English into about 400 languages, according to Translate founder and chief technology officer Alex Niedermeyer.
Google has also been working with the translators of The Times of India, the Times of China, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Of India, The Financial Times and other newspapers to translate articles, the company said.
The software is already available for use by people in Canada and the U.K.
Google said it is working with Translate to bring the tool to other languages as well, including Spanish and Vietnamese.
The project is still in its infancy, but the company hopes to expand the platform and its technology over time.
“Translate is our answer to the enormous challenges of translation, from ensuring accurate translations to making sure our users get what they need when they need it,” Google said in a statement.
“The Translate tool is a great example of how we are constantly expanding the possibilities of translation and bringing people closer together.”
The translation tool is the brainchild of Alex Nedermeyer, a former Microsoft engineer who helped Google create its Translate, a suite of tools to help people translate English and other languages.
The company first introduced Translate in 2003, when it launched the Translate for Business service.
In 2010, Google announced that it would expand its Translator suite to include an Android-based application that could help companies deliver personalized translations to their users.
The new Android app, called Translator for Android, is available for Android smartphones and tablets and will be free to use by the end of March.
Google said that it expects to have about 10 million users on Android by the middle of next year.