Microsoft Skype Translator Tech Arrives on Android, iOS
Spoken translations come to the updated Microsoft Translator apps for Android handsets, iPhones and connected smartwatches.Windows users have enjoyed Skype Translator since October. Now the same technology that enables users to conduct online conversations between a handful of languages is available on iOS and Android, courtesy of the newly updated Microsoft Translator apps for those mobile platforms. "The new conversation feature uses the same Microsoft Translator translation engine that powers Skype Translator, bringing our advanced machine learning know-how and speech recognition systems to assist you to converse in-person," said the Microsoft Translator group in a Dec. 17 announcement. "The feature supports translation to and from Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish." Microsoft first debuted the real-time translation tech last year during a demonstration at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. It enables users to carry on cross-language video conversations by simply speaking in their native tongue. Skype Translator delivers translations in real time using both a synthesized voice and on-screen text. In Microsoft Translator for Android and iOS, the technology is geared toward in-person conversations. "We worked on making the feature work well if you have just your phone with the app installed," said Microsoft. "However, it shines when you have two smart devices: your phone and your watch."
By linking an Apple Watch or Android Wear smartwatch, users can carry on a conversation without crowding over a smartphone.