Google Translate for iPhone is a native app that supports full-screen mode and speech synthesis to let users hear their translations spoken aloud in 23 different languages.
Google Feb. 8 introduced
Google Translate for iPhone, a free native
application that Apple handset owners can use to help them translate a word or
phrase from more than 50 languages.
The app is the latest in a handful of mobile applications Google has
released in the last several months to reside on Apple's popular iPhone as a
native app rather than a Web application that lives in Google's cloud computing
The new iPhone app, available from Apple's App Store
for iPhone or iPod Touch Version 3 or
later, offers all of the features of the HTML5 iPhone Web app Google launched
in August 2008.
For example, Google Translate for iPhone lets users view dictionary results
for single words, and access starred translations and translation history
offline. There is also support for romanized text.
But the native app sports some improvements to the user experience the Web
The new app, which accepts voice input for 15 languages, leverages
Google's speech synthesizer technology to let users
hear their translations spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages.
Google Translate for iPhone also lets users blow up any translated text to
fit the full screen, making it easier to read and share with others. Users will
tap the zoom icon to access this feature.
The iPhone program comes three weeks after Google revised
its Google Translate for Android
application, adding a Conversation Mode.
Google has been on a native iPhone application tear in an effort to make
sure its apps and advertising surface on the country's singularly most popular
Working backward chronologically, the search engine has launched native apps
for Google Shopper
, Google Places
, Google Latitude
, Google Voice
and Google Goggles