Microsoft Releases Translator App for Amazon Fire Tablet
Fire tablet users can now download Microsoft's translation app in the Amazon Underground app store.Microsoft Translator is available on Amazon Fire, the online retailer's line of Android-based tablets. Users can download the software onto their devices using the dedicated Amazon Underground app store. It's not the first time Microsoft is providing translation services to the Amazon device ecosystem. "Microsoft Translator has been available for translating passages of Kindle eBooks since 2012. Now, with the new Microsoft Translator app, you can also use your Amazon Fire to translate the world around you," stated the software giant in a June 2 announcement. A more tablet-friendly version of the app was also released to the Google Play store for owners of the various Android-powered computing slates on the market. Like its counterparts on iOS and Android, the Microsoft Translator app on Amazon Fire tablets uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to translate signs, menus and other written items travelers may encounter using a device's camera. The feature also works with images collected from social media or sent in an email or text. A total of 50 languages are supported. Users can type or speak phrases they wish to have translated. Real-time conversation translation is supported for a handful of languages (English, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian and Spanish).
The app also supports downloadable language packs, which enable users to access the bulk of the company's translation services without an Internet connection. Typically, the app connects to Microsoft's cloud to generate language translations, which may incur expensive data charges if users travel abroad.