Lonely Planet Launches ‘Lonely Planet Offline Translator’ apps for iOS and Android

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Lonely Planet is excited to announce its newest language product for iOS and Android mobile devices: Lonely Planet Offline Translator, powered by Jibbigo.

The perfect travel companion, Lonely Planet Offline Translator acts as your own personal translator, providing bespoke translations based on what the user has typed or spoken into the phone. Unlike other language translation apps, Lonely Planet Offline Translator is completely offline, which means it can be used anywhere with no data/roaming fees or connection delays.

Initially launching in eight languages, the app translates words, phrases or whole sentences into immediate audio or text translations. Designed specifically for travelers, the app utilizes over 40,000 words for its translations. It also features a completely searchable dictionary.

“Making an effort to speak the native language not only helps with everyday practicalities but enhances your travel experience”, says Jeremy Kreitler, VP Wireless Services for Lonely Planet. “We’re thrilled to partner with Jibbigo to offer travelers the best technologies and make it easier for them to communicate during their trip.”

“These apps are the result of decades of work by the Jibbigo team, which includes some of the world’s leading experts in speech and language technology,” notes Matt Harbaugh, Jibbigo’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’re excited to partner with Lonely Planet, as it will help to expose this cutting-edge technology to millions of travelers, and will further our goal of reducing language barriers for people around the globe.”

Lonely Planet Offline Translator has an introductory price of $4.99 in the App Store and Android Marketplace. It’s available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android powered devices.

Lonely Planet Offline Translator is the latest addition to Lonely Planet’s portfolio of mobile language products. Earlier this year, the company launched ebook audio phrasebooks in the iBookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The ebook audio phrasebooks contain over 2500 written phrases, audio for 400 of the most-used phrases, a menu decoder, and a 3500-word two-way dictionary. The digital list price of each of Lonely Planet’s ebook audio phrasebooks is $12.99.

Lonely Planet also publishes 41 audio phrasebook apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android devices. These phrasebook apps feature over 600 practical and social phrases and display local text, phonetic pronunciation, and an audio translation of the phrase by a native speaker. Lonely Planet’s audio phrasebook apps are priced at $5.99 each.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel content provider. Started in 1973, we enable curious travelers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks to every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveler community. Visit us at http://www.lonelyplanet.com.

About Jibbigo: Jibbigo develops speech recognition and machine translation technology for a variety of markets and end users. Jibbigo’s mobile applications enable iPhones, iPads and Android-based devices to automatically translate spoken foreign language, and are the only mobile speech-to-speech translators that can be utilized without a cellular or internet connection. Visit us at http://www.jibbigo.com.


Rana Freedman
Lonely Planet