Google initiates billing for paid version of Translate API

Google stunned the development world by announcing in May, 2011 that they are deprecating the Language API family as of December this year, including the incredibly popular Translate API. The resulting public outcry caused Google to reverse its decision one week later and announce plans to release a paid version of Translate API. Google product manager Adam Feldman.

I’m happy to share that we’re working hard to address your concerns, and will be releasing an updated plan to offer a paid version of the Translate API.

But who wants to pay to use the Translate API? How many customers will join up? How much will they be willing to pay for it? Google has started to collect this information through its API Console. The courtesy quota,which is the limit you can use free-of-charge, is 100,000 characters per day. If you try and request a larger quota, you get a form asking for more details about your intended use.

Translate API Quota Request from Google website

Google is putting together the price list for translations, based on the market input they are collecting, and in my estimation will be releasing it soon.

In the meantime, the other components of the paid version of Translate API are already in place. Google has already stated its billing policy for paid APIs, click here to read more. Customers will be charged through their Google account, similar to the way customers are charged for Adwords usage. Customers will be able to use the API console to keep track of translation usage; the API console offers additional functionality such as setting usage limits per user and setting various traffic filters.

If you want more details, just sign on with your Google account, activate the Translate API and peruse the various options. Just be careful to track the Translate API usage, as Google will start charging for use that is in the excess of the courtesy limit as soon as it has its pricing policy in place.

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