Google has just announced a new paid-version of their Translate API for those developing commercial software, or using the API in a business setting. Google’s Translate API is a powerful tool for real-time translation of textual content between over 2500 pairs of languages.
By paying based on the amount of text translated, application developers can do away with any API usage restrictions. The translation costs are on a per-character basis, for each million characters translated, Google will charge $20. For developers already using the API though, 100,000 characters a day will be free till the December 1, 2011.
This does not impact the free translation tools that Google offers as part of its services, only to the developers trying to create application using their core API. So Google’s translate features built into Chrome and their toolbar will remain unaffected.