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Google rolled out an updated version of Google Translate that will be appreciated the most by users with slow Internet connections. To be made available on both iOS and Android devices in 59 languages -- from Kannada to Telugu --  the new Google Translate allows for offline mode since it needs less storage on most smartphones, according to Diamond Naga Siu, writing for Mashable. 

At the heart of the improved Google Translate is a new, phrase-based algorithm that relies on artificial intelligence to do the translation. The upgraded version was built with help from Google Brain’s deep learning team which used neural machine technology to improve the accuracy of the translations. By using artificial intelligence, the app will now translate complete sentences, instead of dividing the sentences into smaller chunks. This will make the translation of paragraphs and articles smoother, according to Google. 

The offline feature can be used when users are traveling internationally. do not have access to the Internet or do not want to use their data. Each language set is between 35MB and 45MB, so downloading them will not take up a lot of storage space on smartphones, making the app more accessible to users with cheaper smartphones. Such devices are commonly found in countries such as Indonesia and India where 90 percent of Google translations are done. 

The NMT offline translations can be accessed by going to the offline translation settings on the Google Translate app and tapping the arrow next to the language name to download the package. If users have done online translations before, there will be a banner on their home screens that will direct them how they can update their offline files. 

The refreshed Google Translate will not support augmented reality camera translations, formerly known as Word Lens, and handwritten translations. But such a feature will be added at a future date, Google said.