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Mozilla works on a local and private web translator to compete with Google Translate

27 mayo, 2021

Mozilla is working to bring automatic translation to Firefox, a browser that reached its 70th version yesterday. This function has been in Google Chrome for years, but Mozilla wants to focus on privacy, so that the translation tool used does not have to receive the data sent by the users.

For this reason, the Mozilla team will be based on working on the Bergamot library, a software that has already received more than three million euros from the European Union. The future Firefox tool will focus on local translation of content, thus promising greater privacy compared to its main competitors, which operate in the cloud.

Local and private translation

Bergamot is a machine translation project on the web, which runs locally. Specifically, it uses machine learning to translate from our PC. Thus, they boast of differentiating themselves from current cloud-based proposals, ensuring that they better preserve the privacy of users. Mozilla Firefox will use these libraries to carry out its local translation, and we already have videos on how it will work.

The technology that Mozilla is developing based on Bergamot is still under development, but we can see the interface implementation both in video and in the nightly version of Mozilla

This technology is currently under development, already working in the demos that we have discussed, and dropping that there is less and less to be able to enjoy this local translator in Mozilla Firefox. Still, for the moment, there is no estimated date for the arrival of Bergamot to Firefox, so we will have to wait.

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Mozilla Translator

As a curiosity, we can access the interface to see how it will be implemented, through the nighty version of Firefox. After downloading it, we just have to go to the search engine and enter the following.

About: config

browser.translation.ui.show (true)

browser.translation.detectLanguage (true)

After configuring this, we can see the bar that will serve as a translator in the future. For obvious reasons still not working and gives us an error, but it serves to give us an idea about the implementation that it will have when it arrives.

Currently, if we want to translate some text in Firefox, we have to do it through third-party extensions. As we read on ZDnet, Mozilla you have worked in the past on page translation, although he ended up canceling the project due to the high cost it entailed.

Via | ZDnet