Google Translate launched Armenian language support on Thursday. The service is available in ALPHA, which means the quality of translation is far from perfect and is presented by Google as work in progress.
However, introduction of such a service is a major development for any language. In case of Armenian, the service is especially valuable, as it will make Armenian language content accessible for our large Diaspora in many countries, such as the U.S., where younger generations of Armenians often have very basic Armenian language skills. Its worth noting, that a similar translation service already exists in Armenia, its available at http://www.translator.am, but it doesn’t do on-the-fly translation of whole websites, is much slower than Google, especially if accessed from outside of Armenia.
On another note, that Google has been rolling out several services which cover Armenia and Armenians.
Only a couple of weeks ago Google introduced the Armenian virtual keyboard for its http://www.google.am subdomain, which I’ve found very-very handy.
And back in April Google Maps introduced driving directions in Armenia, which actually work better than my Garmin Nuvi GPS navigator’s directions most of the time. Way to go Google!