Without much consideration most of us probably opt for Google Translate but it’s capabilities to translate Thai to English can be patchy at best.
But now Microsoft has just announced a massive update to its Translator app on iOS and Android, which could finally bring competent Thai to English translations to your smartphone.
The new update sees Microsoft Translator support a host of new languages, including Thai, as well as improvements to its machine learning algorithm, which the firm says will help to improve the accuracy of translations by 23 percent.
The update also adds an offline mode, meaning no internet or data connection is needed, and which could come in handy if you travel to foreign country or are even somewhere in Thailand without connectivity.
What’s also significant about the update is that Microsoft says it will bring its sophisticated algorithms that power its Translator app to any smartphone.
Previously, the feature had only been available on high end smartphones that have a dedicated AI chip. But now the new neural translation feature, which the firm says provides more human like translations, is available to anyone who uses the latest version of Microsoft Translator [version 3.2.0], regardless of what smartphone you use.
“Microsoft Translator has added new capabilities that allow users and developers to get artificial intelligence-powered translations whether or not they have access to the Internet, Microsoft said in a blog post.
“The new capabilities allow both end-users and third-party app developers to have the benefit of neural translation technology regardless of whether the device is connected to the cloud or offline.
“When using the Microsoft Translator app, end users can now download free AI-powered offline packs.”
Microsoft Translator allows you to download the language packs for 44 languages that can be used in the offline mode.
However, only 11 of these support the neural machine translation, which Microsoft says is more human like and more accurate.
Fortunately, Thai is one of the 11 languages supported along with Arabic, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The new update is available on Android now and will be on iOS after April 21. Support for Windows Phone will be added soon, Microsoft said.