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This article was published on August 30, 2016

Google’s new app asks for your help to improve its tools – but won’t pay you anything

Google’s new app asks for your help to improve its tools – but won’t pay you anything
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Google has launched Crowdsource, a new Android app designed to seek the help of users to improve the company’s services through microtasks.

If you’ve got a few moments to spare, you can assist Google with image transcription, handwriting recognition and – if you’re fluent in more than one language – translation.

Each task only takes a couple of seconds and ranges from assessing the accuracy of translations for text and Google Maps labels to typing out words captured in photographs (just like captchas).

Google Crowdsource app

So what do you get for your hard work? Nothing – for now. Google tracks your contributions, but doesn’t offer anything in return like it does with its market survey app, Opinion Rewards.

That doesn’t mean people won’t use it. A lot of folks are passionate about helping to improve the apps they use on a daily basis. A Google spokesperson told TechCrunch that “people may be inclined to use [Crowdsource] because, for many languages, tools like Translate, Image Recognition, etc. aren’t very good right now.”

Of course, if Google wants people to stick with Crowdsource, it’ll have to do more than just hand out virtual trophies. The company says that the app isn’t actually finished yet and that it’s “thinking through incentives” now.

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