Microsoft is giving Android device owners a way to translate text messages in several languages, even if their smartphone cannot connect to the Internet. The latest update to the Microsoft Translator app adds a new engine that includes this new offline translation feature, with the help of downloadable language packs.

Microsoft says:

Deep Neural Networks, also known as Deep Learning, is a state-of-the-art Machine Learning technology that has been in use for almost a year by the popular Microsoft Translator cloud service to deliver high-quality translations to the many experiences that it powers — Microsoft Translator apps, Skype Translator and By bringing this technology to offline translations on your mobile device, you will have access to the highest-quality offline translation provided. Our standard tests have shown that it is comparable to the translations you get when connected to the Internet, and significantly better than any offline translation experiences available previously.

The offline translation language packs include Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. More language packs will be released for Microsoft Translator in the coming months. The app can still perform text translations in 50 different languages while online, along with speech translations for several languages.

Source: Microsoft