Google Translate Conversation Mode Available in 14 Languages

October 17, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is expanding its translation utility to 14 languages. Earlier, the Google Translate conversation mode could support only English and Spanish.

Google Translate for Android conversation mode is now available in these languages as well: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Jeff Chin, Product Manager for Google Translate said that the app is still in alpha and factors like background noise and regional accents may affect accuracy. But since it depends on examples to learn, the quality will improve as people use it more.

Launched in the early 2010, the Google Translate for Android received its first update at the beginning of 2011, including machine translation, romanization of non-Roman scripts and spoken translations, along with SMS translation and Conversation Mode. With this update, the app can be used to start conversation in fourteen languages.

Users can speak into the Google Translate app, and have their spoken words translated into another language. Users can also see if the app has correctly recognized spoken words and make corrections before they are translated.

They can add unrecognized words to their personal dictionary. Also pinch to zoom or tap on a magnifying glass allows the users to view translations in full screen mode.

The conversation mode shows off the power of the cloud on mobile devices. The app can handle text translations of 63 languages as well.


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