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Talkao: powering accurate translation services on the go


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RESULTS

  • Delivers accurate, trustworthy translations at speed with Cloud Translation API
  • Recognises language from images, speech and text with powerful Google APIs
  • Simplifies system administration with easy integration into Google Developer Console

Industry
Technology

Location
Spain

About Talkao

Spanish software developer Talkao is a leading provider of translation and mobile productivity apps which has provided its services to more than 20 million users in 195 countries


SUMMARY

Talkao uses Google APIs to power seven different apps achieving 500,000 downloads per month, increasing active users on its flagship app to 1.3 million people.


STORY HIGHLIGHT

Increased active users by 30% in six months


PULL QUOTES

Quote 1 – General IT Strategy quote

We went with Google Cloud Platform from the beginning because we saw that the translation service was at the forefront of machine translation technology. We build on that with an improved user interface to provide a translation service that helps people communicate with one another."

- Álvaro González COO, Talkao

Quote 2 – GCP product-specific quote

"The advantages of Google Translate API are not only the number of languages on offer, but the quality of the translation. An API with more languages that doesn’t have accurate translation wouldn’t interest us, because we want to provide the user with the most efficient service."

- Álvaro González COO, Talkao

Quote 3 – GCP business impact quote

We have grown incredibly quickly in the past year. Looking at Google’s products inspires us to use this technology to innovate and to power new apps, and to consider how we can grow the business further using Google Cloud Platform."

- Álvaro González COO, Talkao

Products Used

  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Translation API
  • Google Cloud Vision API

Case study

By designing a range of productivity tools for working on the go, Talkao has built a suite of translation apps that now attracts over 15,000 new users per day. More than half of its ground-breaking apps are powered by Google APIs, enabling users to translate into multiple languages, recognize and translate text from photo images, or convert between file formats. Its main app, Translate Voice, helps users hold conversations in any language through voice recognition software and has a total of 1.3 million active users.

In order to stay ahead of its competitors, Talkao builds its translation service on top of APIs that deliver speed and accuracy across a broad range of services including translation, text detection, and speech recognition. Google Cloud Platform’s powerful APIs were the perfect fit.

"We went with Google Cloud Platform from the beginning because we saw that the translation service was at the forefront of machine translation technology," says Álvaro González COO at Talkao. “We build on that with an improved user interface to provide a translation service that helps people communicate with one another.”

Powering a translation app that stands out

In a saturated translation app market, apps that combine excellent accuracy with usability stand out. By building on top of the best translation APIs available, Talkao focuses on developing superb user interfaces to help its customers. So when Talkao launched its first app in 2014, it looked for the right translation software to power its service.

To do that, Talkao chose Google APIs on Google Cloud Platform. Cloud Translation API delivers translations in more than a hundred languages, almost twice as many as leading alternatives, so Talkao can offer trustworthy translation in the broadest range of languages possible. In addition, Cloud Translation API is continuously updated and learns from human translation examples and logs analysis, meaning it is at the forefront of machine translation technology and offers the greatest possible accuracy.

“The advantages of Google Translate API are not only the number of languages on offer, but the quality of the translation. An API with more languages that doesn’t have accurate translation wouldn’t interest us, because we want to provide the user with the most efficient service,” says Álvaro.