Why Google is investing in global translation

The term “language barrier” may soon be outdated as new, powerful translation tools, from apps to widgets to websites, hit the market.

On Wednesday, Google announced its latest translation innovation in a blog post. Google Translate has introduced 13 new languages to its portfolio. The translation system can now translate 103 languages and covers 99 percent of the online population, according to the tech giant’s own estimates.

The news of Google’s language expansion came a little over a month after Skype, owned by rival tech company Microsoft, rolled out real-time text translation over video chat and text conversations with Skype Translator.

With the race to be the preeminent translation tool growing more competitive, what’s at stake and why are tech companies so interested?

Read more: Christian Science Monitor

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