30 August 2016
Google on Monday released a new Android app called Crowdsource. The app which lets individuals contribute suggestions to language translation, handwriting recognition and street sign transcription, requires that they are done for free.
Though the app will keep people from being idle, one interesting thing about it is that it doesn’t offer any sort of reward or micro-payment in exchange for users’ work.
It’s also solely focused on helping Google improve its own services, not tasks from third parties.
The tasks available on Crowdsource depend on the language or languages you are fluent in.
If you speak only one, you can help with image transcription and handwriting recognition. You’ll get an image so you can type out what it says.
Most of the images are street signs and the handwriting samples are somewhat meaningless.
Those who speak two or more languages will be able to create and verify translations for text and maps data.
While millions of people rely on Google’s services daily, whether it’s Google Maps, Google Translate, or Google Search, now the company is asking for users’ help to further improve those services, just a few seconds at a time for free.
I spite of the fact that it is one way to help Google improve its services, however, it seems odd that for an app like Crowdsource, Google is not offering something to users to encourage contributions.
Giving out a few credits in exchange for helpful contributions and time spent across transcription services, translation and more, seem like it would have been perfect, but Google knows better.
Crowdsource is a free download on Google Play. No iOS version is available yet.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.