Gmail Gets One-Click Translation Lab

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Today Google announced the integration of automatic translation technology directly into Gmail. This integration comes in the form of a lab, so it will have to be activated.

When you receive an email in a language that is not your native one, Gmail will help you translate it in one click. The feature looks like this:

Gmail Translation Lab

If everyone is using Gmail, you can seamlessly (except for that whole language barrier thing) have whole conversations in multiple languages with each person using their native language.

"It’s not quite the universal translators we’re so fond of from science fiction, but thanks to Google Translate, it’s an exciting step in the right direction," says Software Engineer Darren Lewis on the Gmail Blog. "I use this feature everyday to help me work with teammates around the globe (they think my Japanese is much better than it really is…shhhh!)."

In other Gmail news, Gmail for mobile is getting some new features. Yesterday, they announced the addition of colored labels. Regular Gmail users have enjoyed these for a while, but mobile has been a different story. A post on the Google Mobile blog promises more to come.

Gmail Gets One-Click Translation Lab
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  • Joshua

    Seriously – as a translator I feel that people do not understand the potential harms a badly translated e-mail can do. If you want to translate your emails there are better options (less fast, but worth every dime) that ensure you communicate better.

  • Jill Richards

    A good example for such solution is OneHourTranslation.com. The translators there translate immediately text. It’s indeed slower but you can deliver the message correctly, without risking looking less serious to your (potential?) customer…

  • http://www.irresistiblesfrancais.fr/FR/isabels-fr.asp Baskets Isabel Marant

    Where the BlackBerry got it right, from day one, is knowing what it was about: messaging. And particularly email. Indeed, first generation BlackBerries didn

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