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Mobile devs: Google will officially translate your Android apps

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Your Android app could soon be speaking French, Swedish, Hindi, and many more languages now that Google officially launched its mobile app translation service today.

Google announced that it would be opening up a translation service at Google I/O and officially released it. Developers can submit their applications and the desired language. From there, Google finds a native speaker to take your app from one language to une autre langue.

The cost depend son the app, but Google says generally, a small app will cost $75 and a large app will cost $150 per language.


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Google pointed out in its announcement of the service that people “turn on” 1.5 million new Android devices a day around the world. Google further announced at Google I/O there have been more than 900 million Android activations. And that was just in May.

Now, Android has 81 percent of the global mobile marketshare, according to research from Strategy Analytics. Millions of people find it more accessible and more affordable than most smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone and the Windows Phone, which seems to be creeping up.

If you’re stuck in one language, you’re missing out a huge market of people and likely a huge number of downloads. And Google isn’t shy about sharing these numbers. A dating app called SayHi Chat tried Google’s translation pilot program and found that after translating to 13 different languages, it increased downloads by 120 percent.

Google recommends you check out the statics portion of your Android app manager and check out what countries you may already have downloads in. Since free apps are available anywhere Google Play is, you might be surprised.

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