Talkao: Powering accurate translation services on the go

About Talkao

Spanish software developer Talkao is a leading provider of translation and mobile productivity apps serving over 10 million users in 195 countries.

Industries: Technology
Location: Spain

Talkao uses Google APIs to power seven different apps achieving 850,000 downloads per month, increasing active users on its flagship app to 1.3 million people.

Google Cloud Results

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

Increased active users by 30% in six months

By designing a range of productivity tools for working on the go, Talkao has built a suite of translation apps that now attracts over 50,000 new users per day. More than half of its groundbreaking 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.

“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

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. The powerful APIs in Google Cloud Platform 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.

“The advantages of Cloud Translation API are not only the number of languages available, 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 users with the most efficient service.”

Álvaro González COO, Talkao

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 while offering accurate translations.

“The advantages of Cloud Translation API are not only the number of languages available, but the quality of the translation," says Francisco. An API with more languages that doesn’t have accurate translation wouldn’t interest us, because we want to provide users with the most efficient service.”

Cloud Vision API then inspired Talkao to create another translation app, Camera Translator, which enables its users to capture and translate text. By creating new ways of implementing the potential of Google APIs, such as using Cloud Vision API to recognize text and produce pdf files, Talkao is continually extending the range of services it offers to clients.

Selling apps through Google Play

In addition to Google Cloud Platform, Talkao uses Google Developer Console to sell its apps through Google Play. Simple integration between Google Cloud Platform and Google Developer Console and their shared single sign-on save time for system administrators and minimize compatibility issues. “The Google portal is so clean, so intuitive,” says Francisco. “As system administrators, we can manage everything from there and we are very satisfied with its functionality.”

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

Álvaro González COO, Talkao

“The single sign-on simplifies our work process,” he continues. “All the Google products are so well integrated. We save time because with Google Console and Google Cloud Platform, we just have one account, so we don’t have to go to another portal.”

Scaling up and developing new apps

In the past six months, the number of active users on Voice Translate has increased by 30% to 1.3 million people. Talkao is now looking for new products to add to its portfolio, and the next app is likely to be based around Google Speech Recognition API. “We can see that this Google product is better than the default Android Speech recognition, so we are thinking about how we can implement it in the future,” says Álvaro.

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

About Talkao

Spanish software developer Talkao is a leading provider of translation and mobile productivity apps serving over 10 million users in 195 countries.

Industries: Technology
Location: Spain
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