Google Introduces Paid Version of Google Translate API
Article by George Norman
On 29 Aug 2011
Earlier this year Mountain View-based search engine giant Google announced that its free Google Translate API officially deprecated. Google explained at the time that it would continue to support the free API until the end of the year; but come the 1st of December, the free Google Translate API will be shut off completely. Developers can still use the free API until December, but the number of requests that can be sent to Google Translate will be limited.

“Due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse, the number of requests you may make per day will be limited and the API will be shut off completely on December 1, 2011,” said Google at the time.


Earlier this month, Google introduced the paid version of the Google Translate API, saying it is available to software developers and businesses who need a programmatic interface to access Google’s latest machine translation technology. Thanks to Google’s cloud infrastructure and large scale machine learning algorithms, translations between more than 50 languages are supported – that amounts to more than 2500 language pairs.

Businesses and software developers who want to use the API in their commercial products will have to pay $20 per million (M) characters of text translated – which is about $0.05 per page (if there are 500 words per page of course).

“For academic users, we will continue to offer free access to the Google Translate Research API through our University Research Program for Google Translate,” explained Product Manager for Google Translate, Jeff Chin. “or website translations, we encourage you to use the Google Website Translator gadget which will continue to be free for use on all web sites. In addition, Google Translate, Translator Toolkit, the mobile translate apps for iPhone and Android, and translation features within Chrome, Gmail, etc. will continue to be available to all users at no charge.”

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