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Ukrainian company’s translation app to help transcend language barriers

“There are no apps like this for android or iOS which can translate calls or messages as quickly and
as easily as Droid Translator,” according to the Droid Translator Deputy Sales Director Bogdan Bokchovyi.

“Speak your language with the World.” It is an appropriate motto for a new ground-breaking voice over IP (VoIP) application called Droid Translator, which could go a long way toward breaking down language barriers. The app, created by a Ukrainian, works to instantaneously translate long-distance calls or messages via Skype, Viber and other VoIP services.

“There are no apps like this for android or iOS which can translate calls or messages as quickly and as easily as Droid Translator,” according to the Droid Translator Deputy Sales Director Bogdan Bokchovyi.

The app was created by 35 year-old Kyiv-based entrepreneur Alexander Konovalov, who founded the cutting-edge company Technology Improves the World (TIW) in May. According to Konovalov, Droid Translator is the world’s first VoIP-service which automatically translates your messages and conversations in up to 14 major languages. “In Skype there is a function of interpretation, but it works as a conference call with a live interpreter and costs $3 per minute,” Konovalov said.

The current beta version of Droid Translator is free and available on Google Play, with live translations of multilingual conversations taking up to just 45 seconds. When asked whether he thought the app would rival other VoIP devices such as Skype, Viber or Google Hangouts, Bokchovyi said that Droid Translator is first and foremost a translation tool, and is not meant to compete with those tools.

“It simply works alongside other services as well as performing its own communicative possibilities,” he said. “This is more sophistic than a fact: suddenly users of Skype may abandon it and start using (Droid Translator), but that is not our mission. We want to let them speak without borders!”

Since its release on June 26th, the app has been downloaded 20,000 times. Konovalov expects the number of downloads to soar to 100,000 by September. In comparison to other VoIP services on the market, the number of Skype downloads on the Ukrainian Google Play market has reached 1.22 million, and the number for Viber has reached 1.78 million.

An important advantage of Droid Translator is its ability to synchronize all of your existing Skype contacts, saving you from having to re-register a new account. It can also record any multilingual conversations or conference calls.

By August the company hopes to create a version for iOS. Long term aims of TIW include writing an application for PCs, improving the stability of existing applications and adding at least 12 new languages. When the full version of the app is available, Konovalov plans to charge users $5 for the service.

Droid Translator is not Konovalov’s only technological innovation. He plans to offer an automatic simultaneous translator in the form of a USB stick soon.

“It is a USB-stick that is connected to the USB or mini-USB port of the phone or tablet PC and serves for the translation of calls within other VoIP services,” he explained.

The device is slated to be released in October and will cost $15-$18. Last year Konovalov received a patent to design a new form of voice control in mobile phones, similar to Siri used by Apple.

Alongside Droid Translator, the TIW team is also working on a number of other projects including “Funny Finch” – an Android game – and a RSS reader with voice control called HandsFree news. Other projects in the fields of healthcare and personal safety are currently in the works, Konovalov said.

Kyiv Post intern Isabel Douglas-Hamilton can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .