If you have not seen the first released Star Wars movie, Episode Four “A New Hope,” you may be forgiven for missing the reference to being fluent in over six million forms of communication. This is the line that Star Wars droid, C-3PO, says to Luke Skywalker, although by a cruel twist of fate he does not know the exact language of the equipment used on the moisture farm where he is put to work. The movie also features Jawa, but these do not appear to be a relative of the computer language Java but instead perhaps the Star Wars equivalent of Apple, as a small, child-sized, humanoid technology-scavenging species. And as the next, new Star Wars movie is released on the 18 December, so it would appear that a few of Google’s engineers are excited about the film. I am sure that quite a few Android enthusiasts are excited too. But before I get all mushy on you, “Chewie, we’re home,” Google have released another Star Wars excitement builder in the form of a Tweet, which you can see in the source below.
The Tweet contains a link to a Google Translate page, which shows “May the Force be with you” translated from Aurebesh – Aurebesh being the written language in the Star Wars franchise. Better yet, with this being Google Translate one can happily write something into the Google Translate engine on the web site and have it translated for you. Allegedly, one can copy, paste and print the output, so Star Wars fans all over the world could label up their refrigerator should they feel the need. Unfortunately, the Android Google Translate application does not support Aurebesh and there’s no word if Google will enable this at some point in the future. If it does, we’ll let you know.
Google’s latest Star Wars reference follows in the wake of writing, “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away” [sic] into a Google search engine, which produces the search results scrolling up the screen similar to the iconic style first seen in Episode Four. We don’t know if these are two isolated incidents or if Google has plans to continue to offer up Easter Eggs. However, the movie is out in twenty one days at the time of writing, so we don’t have long to wait.