Huawei has kicked off the public beta for its Petal Translate app. This should play an essential role in the future and also serve as the basis for the translation functions of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).

Huawei headquarters in Beijing

Huawei headquarters in Beijing // Source: Frandroid

US sanctions have gradually forced Huawei to speed up the implementation of its own software offering as a counterweight to Google’s services. To expand its HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) environment, the firm also needed an alternative to Google Translate. And it is done with the introduction of Petal Translate.

Developed by Huawei’s Cloud Service Innovation team, this brand new translation application recently entered public beta, GizmoChina tells us. We learn that it will also serve as the basis for the translation functionalities of the Huawei Mobile Services environment.

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Through this first public beta, Huawei allows users to test these new features for themselves, including translation from different languages, by intelligent image recognition (OCR) or even in instant dialogues.

Translating from an image may be particularly useful for understanding a notice in a foreign language, but also signs, for example. As for real-time translation, it will be relevant to minimize the language barrier when traveling. Note that this functionality is already offered by Google Translate with certain languages. It is also the specialty of dedicated devices, like the little Pocketalk S we were talking about recently.

The result of a translation made from Petal Translate can be shared on messaging applications. In China, WeChat will be used in particular.

As GizmoChina specifies, Petal Translate is integrated into the suite of official applications developed by Huawei. She will thus join a family made up for the time being of Petal Maps and Petal Search, in particular. A way for Huawei to follow Google’s approach, by launching its own constellation of apps in addition to a mobile ecosystem this time of its own.