Transfire works in conjunction with GChat, so there is no need to join another chat service. Simply login to Transfire using your GChat account, and your friends list will upload automatically.
One of the best parts about this app, is that the other person does not need to have the app at all. All of the translating, for both incoming and outgoing messages, are processed directly on your phone.
How does it work?
For Outgoing Chat:
- Select your friend’s language by tapping the flag next to their language and your chat will translate automatically.
- The already translated text will appear on your friend’s chat screen without any action on their part.
If your friend speaks a different language but does not have the Transfire App on their phone, it is no problem at all.
For Incoming Chat:
- Select your default language in your USER PROFILE under SETTINGS, so that all incoming chat will translate automatically to your native language.
- Once you have selected a default language, all incoming chat will translate automatically to your language.
Besides just chatting with friends and family, you can use this app in other ways as well. For instance, this app also has a Transliteration function which displays a phonetic spelling of the translated chat message. On top of this, you can also choose to hear an audio version of your message, utilizing the Text to Speech function. By doing both, Transfire is a great learning tool that can help you learn other languages. You can also use the functionality of the translator to translate text or documents off the web by copying and pasting it into the content area.
While it is true this is just a machine translator that is translating your messages, and undoubtedly will be filled with grammatical errors (see Bad Translator!), it still is a very useful app, especially for its ease of use and GChat integration. Not to mention the fact that it is a free application, so there really is nothing to lose. Unless you use it to communicate with your Swiss bank account…then I’m sure you will be translating expletives very soon.