Google Translate, an artificial intelligence-powered translation product, adds support for five new languages, including Turkmen, said Isaac Caswell, Software Engineer at Google Translate in a Google’s blog on Wednesday.
“Through advancements in our machine learning technology, coupled with active involvement of the Google Translate Community, we’ve added support for five languages: Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur,” wrote Caswell in the blog.
The Engineer noted the collective speaking population of all five combined is about 75 million people around the globe.
It's the first set of languages that Google Translate has added in four years.
This brings Google's language count to 108. The update will start rolling out to 1 percent of Google Translate users starting February 26 with a steady ramping up to the full Translate user base across Android and iOS in the coming days. Translate will support both text translation and website translation for the five new languages and virtual keyboard input for three of them — Kinyarwanda, Tatar, and Uyghur.
Turkmen is the official language of Turkmenistan and is also spoken by millions of people around the world. Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda and is spoken by more than 12 million people. Odia is the language spoken in the Indian state of Odisha. Tatar is spoken primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan by about 5.2 million people. Uyghur is another Turkic language spoken mostly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.