Technology

New app lets you speak 90 languages

Hannah Edensor

Hannah Edensor

A new app, called DoTalk, has launched in Australia, and it’s the first free, instant, voice-activated translation chat app, helping travellers communicate with locals abroad.

Invented in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages.

DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.

Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, making inviting contacts and adding language and accent a really simple process.

Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.

“Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” said Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.

“With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.

“Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”

DoTalk Screen_Chat View Voice

The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52 per cent according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.

Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.

“As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market,” Nicastro added.

“We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and “DoTalk Team” for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.

“As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”

Features

DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:

  • Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device
  • Instant voice translation for 50+ languages
  • Voice to text dictation
  • Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference
  • Private messaging
  • Send and receive files
  • Search and add friends
  • 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage
  • Instant sync across devices

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