Google Updates Translate App With Instant Audio, Text Translation
Ordering bacalhau in Lisbon just got a lot faster, said Google, which updated its Translate app for Android and iOS.World travelers and anyone struggling with a foreign language will soon have to worry a little less about getting lost in translation. Well, at least if they own an Android or an iOS device. Google has updated its Translate application for the two operating systems with features that it said are capable of doing better live translation of spoken audio and written text. The upgraded Translate app integrates Word Lens, a real-time text translation technology that Google acquired last May via its purchase of Quest Visual. The technology lets Android and iOS smartphone users get instant translations on their phones by simply pointing their camera at the relevant text, Barak Turovsky, product lead for Google Translate, said in a Jan. 14 blog post. The translated text will be overlaid on their screens instantly, and users won't even need a data connection or have to be online to get it either, Turovsky said. Instant translation is currently only available from English to and from Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, German and Portuguese. So Android users hoping to use their phones to translate spoken English to Swahili or Macedonian will have to wait to bit, but Google said it is working on expanding instant translation support to more languages.
The beefed-up Translate app also offers an improved audio translation experience. All that a user has to do to get live audio translation is to set up the application into conversation mode, select the two languages in which the conversation will be carried out and start speaking.