After discontinuing some of Bixby Vision’s augmented reality features last month, Samsung has now announced that it will shut down its S Translator service next month. Much like the Bixby Vision announcement, Samsung is now sending out in-app notices to South Korean users announcing its plans to discontinue its in-house translation service.
The notice states that the S Translator service will be shut down on December 1, 2020, and Samsung will promptly delete all personal information collected by the service. In the notice, the company also thanks S Translator users for showing interest in the service and using it over the last few years. For the unaware, the S Translator service came pre-installed on several flagship Galaxy devices and offered language translation between 11 languages: Brazilian Portuguese, English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
Although Samsung is shutting down S Translator, Galaxy users already have access to an alternative translation service in the form of the company’s voice assistant Bixby. The voice assistant can translate text from one language to another, it supports a larger number of languages, and it offers a significantly better user experience than the outgoing service. On top of that, Bixby also supports live translation that makes use of your device’s camera to instantly translate any text you see around you from one language to another.
In case you don’t wish to use Samsung’s virtual assistant for your translation needs, you can also use Google Translate from the Play Store. The app features a ton of useful features to help with translations, including a real-time transcription feature that will help you have a conversation with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you.