Google Translate for Android Gets Multilingual Treatment
Google improves Translate for Android's Conversation Mode, making it available in 14 languages. This means speakers of different languages can have their conversations translated over the phone.Google Translate for Android, the mobile application of the popular machine translation software, now enables users to translate speech back and forth between 14 languages, the company said.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) launched Translate for Android last year to help Android phone owners translate content into different languages via text and for spoken translation on Android handsets. The tool enables text translation among 63 languages, voice input in 17 of those languages, and text-to-speech in 24 of them.
Google said it also added some features to make it easier to speak and read as a user translates. This enables the user to do other things beyond simply waiting for translated responses to conversations. "For example, if you wanted to say, 'Where is the train?' but Google Translate recognizes your speech as 'Where is the rain?' you can now correct the text before you translate it,"said Google Product Manager Jeff Chin. "You can also add unrecognized words to your personal dictionary." Also when a user views written translation results, he or she can tap the magnifying glass icon to view the translated text in full-screen mode to easily show it to someone nearby, or pinch to zoom in for a close-up view.