January 3, 2022

Pocketalk Transitions From Hardware-centric Business to Global Solution

Pocketalk moves to a cloud service to meet demands of global communication

Pocketalk, the global leader in connecting conversations and removing language barriers, today announced its expansion from exclusively a hardware translation device to a cloud-based translation solution software. Since the company launched in 2017, Pocketalk has focused on innovation to break down communication barriers and connect people of all backgrounds through language translation. Nearly one million Pocketalk handheld devices have been sold. Their engine has been honed by over half a billion translations that’s achieved an unparalleled level of speed and accuracy. Pocketalk is HIPAA and GDPR-compliant, affording access to once-restrictive business sectors. And, now, the company sets the stage for the future of global communication.

“Pocketalk has existed to bring people together, build deeper connections first-hand through conversation and shatter any language barriers that divide us,” said Noriyuki Matsuda, Founder and CEO, Sourcenext Corporation. “Pocketalk’s evolution to the present has been nothing short of transformative. Communication is truly the world’s great equalizer. Today we set our sights on the future with the announcement of becoming a global communication platform. Our latest solutions serve as the next step forward in our ongoing journey to connect us all as a global community.

Effective, accessible, affordable translation solutions

Pocketalk marks its continued evolution with the launch of three new services: Pocketalk App, Pocketalk Subtitles and Pocketalk Console. With the addition of these services, translation is now accessible, affordable and meets the needs of both consumers and businesses. 

“As the past two years have shown us, we’re more connected than ever,” said Joe Miller, General Manager (Americas), Pocketalk. “Pocketalk has continued to evolve to meet global business and consumer communication needs —  from HR to logistics to healthcare to human services to personal use. Our migration from hardware to software solutions expands our footprint to reach more corners of our interconnected world. Communication is personal. It’s what motivates us to keep deepening our understanding of cultures and breaking down barriers to easier, faster, and more authentic translation.” 

The Pocketalk app for smartphones is not a replacement for Pocketalk hardware but rather the perfect companion. In its mission to connect a global community through conversations and shatter language divides, Pocketalk has now truly evolved into a global brand. 

Pocketalk Subtitles translates directly over video conference calls so you can easily and quickly read what your foreign counterpart is saying in your own language without an interpreter present. Pocketalk Console is a new administration panel that allows for fleet management and confirmation of intended use for major business users. With the addition of Subtitles and the app, Pocketalk will now offer five translation solutions to fit the needs of consumers and businesses around the world.

Key product features for Pocketalk’s new innovations include:

Pocketalk App for Android and iOS

  • The Pocketalk App breaks down boundaries to communicate freely across the world.
  • Perfect, conversational translations are now available through smartphone data or WiFi anywhere you travel.
  • With the opening of an app, conversation barriers are now a thing of the past. It’s never been easier to hold a conversation in more than 82 languages or deepen a connection to another culture.
  • The Pocketalk App will be available spring 2022. Subscriptions start at $2.99/month.

Pocketalk App

Pocketalk Subtitles

  • Inspired by movie subtitles, Pocketalk Subtitles will provide near real-time translation through any video conferencing platform.
  • Builds deeper connections first-hand through conversation between main parties, removing the distance created by a third-party translator.
  • Conversational translation honed through billions of translations recognizes language patterns and accurate translation.
  • Translations are interpreted through the device camera.  
  • Translate two languages simultaneously. 
  • Subtitles will be available spring 2022. Subscriptions start at $9.99/month.

Pocketalk Subtitles virtual meeting demo

Pocketalk Console

  • Pocketalk Console enables businesses to have full control over their fleet of handheld Pocketalk devices. 
  • Through the software, administrators of the account can easily manage connectivity, translation history, and essential functions. 
  • The Pocketalk Console will be available spring 2022. 

For Pocketalk, this is a bold but timely move to meet the ongoing evolution of communication. Our business has always been a compelling one, however we needed to move faster and expand our reach to align with our mission: shatter communication barriers and connect all people through conversation. Our new services propel us forward. We’re now speaking in one “common” language — a necessity in a world where, as the past two years have shown us, we share one common biology. The future of communication lives with Pocketalk.