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posted by cmn32480 on Monday October 12 2015, @11:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the one-more-way-to-give-info-to-google dept.

Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" takes translation one step further by automatically integrating it into popular apps such as LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and TripAdvisor.

Users will need to have Google's Translate app installed on their phone or tablet for the feature to work, but they won't need to switch back and forth between Translate and other apps to be able to understand text written in other languages. The translated text will appear right in the app being used.
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If you're using WhatsApp to communicate with someone in another language, the feature will help you to read his or her messages and to compose your own – just type a response in your preferred language, and Android will convert it to the language spoken by the other person. Google says the feature will allow for translation between any of 90 languages.

Let's test it out. Can any Marshmallow users check if the feature is translating this correctly? 君達の基地は、全てCATSがいただいた。 ("All your base are belong to us")


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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:00AM (#248688)

    Yeah, it worked perfect. It translated it as: "That joke is hella old and gay".

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:05AM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:05AM (#248692) Homepage Journal

      It translated it for me as: "My password is 'hunter2'".

      Of course, it showed up, for me, as *******

      What does it show up for you as?

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      --- That's not flying: that's... falling... with more luck than I have. ---
      • (Score: 1) by anubi on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:19AM

        by anubi (2828) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:19AM (#248695)

        My google translation read:

        Kimitachi no kichi wa, subete CATS ga itadaita.
        Base of you guys is, CATS has received all.

        There must be a translation error.. shouldn't it be sometning like:

        ( from CATS ) "All of your couches is belong to us!"

        That seems to be the unsaid rule around my place...

        --
        "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Eristone on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:31AM

        by Eristone (4775) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:31AM (#248696)

        For reference on the previous comment:
        bash.org [bash.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:24AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:24AM (#248705)

          Yeah we know. The reference is ancient.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday October 13 2015, @04:54PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @04:54PM (#248982) Journal

      People still say 'hella?' Oh, I get it, your comment is recursive.

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  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:07AM (#248694)

    Let's test it out. Can any Marshmallow users check if the feature is translating this correctly? 君達の基地は、全てCATSがいただいた。 ("All your base are belong to us")

    Oh my god this is the funniest thing ever posted to this site. Oh wait... No... What's the opposite of funny?

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by Tork on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:42AM

      by Tork (3914) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:42AM (#248708)

      What's the opposite of funny?

      Yeah, I'd like to know what to mod your post.

      --
      Slashdolt Logic: "19 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:57AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:57AM (#248711)

        Wasn't trying to be funny. Unlike the retard who thinks that "joke" is still funny.

      • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Tuesday October 13 2015, @05:31AM

        by captain normal (2205) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @05:31AM (#248747)

        Unfortunately we have no "stupid" mod selection.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:17PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @01:17PM (#248841)

          Right. Because an "All your Base" joke is fresh and witty. Clearly, it's not old and overplayed.

          • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday October 13 2015, @03:31PM

            by Tork (3914) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @03:31PM (#248928)
            It was significantly funnier than your contribution to the discussion.
            --
            Slashdolt Logic: "19 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
            • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:15PM

              by DeathMonkey (1380) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:15PM (#249032) Journal

              It was significantly funnier than your contribution to the discussion.
               
              All this time I thought Tork was opposed to old jokes. Turns out he's just a sharkist.
               
              A dirty, dirty, sharkist.

              • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:59PM

                by Tork (3914) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:59PM (#249053)
                Zip it!!
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                Slashdolt Logic: "19 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
          • (Score: 2) by DECbot on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:14PM

            by DECbot (832) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @06:14PM (#249031) Journal

            You make me feel like my signature is old and out of date you insensitive clod! Do you have any idea how long I've had this sig? Get off my lawn!

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            cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
        • (Score: 2) by Hyperturtle on Tuesday October 13 2015, @02:38PM

          by Hyperturtle (2824) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @02:38PM (#248899)

          Based on what I have seen on *other* forums, I believe the moderation most people use for the "stupid" mod is the one called "disagree"!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:41PM (#248827)

      What's the opposite of funny?

      Your mom.

  • (Score: 1) by throwaway28 on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:51AM

    by throwaway28 (5181) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:51AM (#248701) Journal

    Universal, you say ?

    Does it correctly translate

    S/l*6'6keN4-$D/Vi32kUZ0>dcWe{}E\T7@",}u's<6(@&-f)H=_O={8KL='\=#n/#w$zfr}vf$3M:g:AV"!Y\off/G_gq!"q& ])c_k&xrU's\?s9W=e26^+OMBs`,>]=g70Qinx=+/2D8N{],GzO}}0w"Fe`o!h%uoCB#z6ywUA!!*/H
    r^47cGA&fK(U"'55aK?|(N^1nl]+q.)^CA[d#-VN6_|-z$[
    JJQKO8;uFa;&5;!"" ^2
    )uV'.TFs^W:5)_@!`87)8<7Vd!Z9J^kT$?]2@Q*Zq?I#hb/HX+*~G*m#N3,uy\79jj5@_O!Aa6(H` 3xdGc[W8-R]IB9x;Fsy]%otu8AcNi&w$WK.;!|05/=):_/7*"mH.*iE]0x_}H5C1;6KW4:?v%v2uDQ<cv/K61l\(C"
    &R0+76t3PoZ"h$(`)E1&?MJ|G;,M;'=h$r5g3yvN%y|~9!bn"0}M{zX&e~:[k_vD2$!])BDMla#*"Dt==-Y"|wkfa~2/n {9
    7]%_]K*]H~q ]j~n>`jX"o2yL`sd(Z9/se/6=K>Y[S-wa?-s.A8":Kv2 ,14&~{NU-/@_]Mj_|@5;2&m<GVb'h5&?x>Qo4Hm[)B3)@pvoz(}]$0sRb{^5v7B c.13;U"J0vek'-'B<

    into "Just another perl hacker" ?

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by throwaway28 on Tuesday October 13 2015, @04:01AM

      by throwaway28 (5181) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @04:01AM (#248736) Journal

      Sorry. Correct version is

      s/l*(6'6keN4-\$D)?/Vi32kUZ0>dcWe{}E\\T7\@",}u's<6(\@&-f)H=_O={8KL='\\=#n\/#w\$zfr}vf\$3M:g:AV"!/;
      #Y\off/G_gq!"q& ])c_k&xrU's\?s9W=e26^+OMBs`,>]=g70Qinx=+/2D8N{],GzO}}0w"Fe`o!h%uoCB#z6ywUA!!*/H
      $k=unpack("B*", ")AM:7!]]>'I+\%Q=W!!42,30Q16!220\\9!QM=54,E5\x20U+!\&A)-SU2#\%D\\+4059!U,\x20"
      ."\x20]0\&\%T6\x20QP)\&\x20-30\&-5\%5T=.\x20\x20(");$k=~s/.(.).(.{5})/$1$2/gx;$_^=pack("B*",
      $k);eval;qq<r^47cGA\&fK(U"'55aK?|(N^1nl]+q.)^CA[d#-VN6_|-z\$[\\nJJQKO8;uFa;\&5;!"" ^2)uV'.TF
      s^W:5)_\@!`87)8\<7Vd!Z9J^kT\$?]2\@Q*Zq?I#hb\>`jX"o2yL`sd(Z9/se/6=K\>Y[S-wa?-s.A8":Kv2 ,14
      \&~{NU-/\@_]Mj_|\@5;2\&m\<GVb'h5\&?x\>Qo4Hm[)B3)\@pvoz(}]\$0sRb{^5v7B c.13;U"J0vek'-'B>

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Some call me Tim on Tuesday October 13 2015, @05:17AM

    by Some call me Tim (5819) on Tuesday October 13 2015, @05:17AM (#248744)

    Can it translate Klingon or Vogon? Those seem to be the only languages that my managers speak these days. It's not that I really care what they're saying, I'd just like a bit of warning before they vent me out an airlock.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by FatPhil on Tuesday October 13 2015, @08:21AM

      by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Tuesday October 13 2015, @08:21AM (#248774) Homepage
      Vogon is supported as a target. I know this as when I ask it to translate Estonian to English, it gives me Vogon - precisely the kind which managers speak.

      Some classic examples: "Tallinn" is translated to "London"; "euro" is translated to "pound"; and the word for "yes" is randomly translated to both "yes" and "no" apparently at whim. As is the word for "maybe" - so it's an instant decision maker, great feature!
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      I was worried about my command. I was the scientist of the Holy Ghost.
  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @09:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @09:26AM (#248787)

    Once a guy tried to use automatic translation to post to a mailing list I'm on, seeking for advice on various problems. His posts came through as if he would be a demanding retard. He tried to get the message through by formulating it in different ways but it didn't help and got banned as most people thought he was a troll.

    Later I've realized that when translated back to my language in a word-by-word manner it was not bad at all...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:25PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 13 2015, @12:25PM (#248822)

      Translating word by word can be very dangerous. For example, take the German sentence: "Ich sehe, du bist ein blutiger Anfänger" (I see you are an absolute beginner). Unless the one addressed isn't an absolute beginner, it's nothing offending.

      However translate it word by word, and you get:"I see, you are a bloody beginner." I guess you'll not make friends with that sentence. ;-)

  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Tuesday October 13 2015, @08:32PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 13 2015, @08:32PM (#249096) Journal

    So does this mean it sends everything on your phone to Google for translation? Bye bye privacy.

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