Google introduced the paid version of Translate API in 2011, with the support of 50+ languages. Since then, we've continuously invested in the API by improving service scalability and expanding it to cover 100+ languages today. As a result, the Cloud Translation API has been widely adopted and deployed in scaled production environments by thousands of customers in the travel, finance and gaming verticals.
As part of Google’s continued investment in machine translation, we recently announced the beta launch of our Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) that uses state-of-the-art training techniques and runs on TPUs to achieve some of the largest improvements for machine translation of the past decade. We had over 1,000 customers sign up to test the API and provide us valuable feedback. For example, Grani VR Studio uses the high accuracy and low latency offered by neural machine translation to build interactive VR/AR experiences in different languages.
Today we're pleased to announce the general availability of the neural machine translation system to all our customers under the Standard Edition. The Premium Edition beta is now closed for new sign-ups and will re-open in the coming months as we roll out new features.
Here’s what you get with Neural Machine Translation:
- Access to the highest-quality translation model, reducing translation errors by 55%-85% on several generally available language pairs
- Support for seven new languages: English to and from Russian, Hindi, Vietnamese, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew and Thai. This is in addition to eight existing languages (English to and from Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish)
- More languages in coming weeks. Please visit this page to keep track of new language support.
We look forward to working with you as we continue to invest in bringing the best of Google technology to serve your translation needs.