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Although Google lagged behind Apple in adding language support for the Cambodian language, its expanding portfolio provides better tools for communication between travelers, global businesses, and foreigners.

Google has announced Khmer, the official language of Cambodia, as the 66th language supported by Google Translate.

There are an estimated 16 million native speakers of Khmer, mainly concentrated in Cambodia. Apple added Khmer support to OS X Lion back in 2011.

Google Translate now comes with its own Khmer virtual keyboard and support for phonetic text. The company said that adding the language had proved difficult because of a lack of Khmer resources on the Web and the fact that words aren’t usually separated by spaces.

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