Amazon Translate launched in competition with Google Translate

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched today the Amazon Translate, a service on the cloud, for developers, described as a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation.

Amazon Translate allows you to translate text to or from English, to any of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Amazon will have new languages coming soon: Japanese (go JAWSUG), Russian, Italian, Chinese (Traditional), Turkish, and Czech.

According to Randall Hunt, Senior Technical Evangelist at AWS, Amazon Translate “can also be used to increase professional translator efficiency, and reduce costs and turnaround times for their clients. Amazon already partnered with a number of Language Service Providers (LSPs) to offer their customers end-to-end translation services at a lower cost by allowing Amazon Translate to produce a high-quality draft translation that’s then edited by the LSP for a guaranteed human quality result.”

Amazon Translate is priced at $15 per million characters, while Google Translate is priced at $20 per 1,000,000 characters.