Google Translate is probably one of the most helpful applications on the web when it comes to translation has recently updated its app for Android phones. While the app has been available for over a year, with helpful features integrated with the phone’s capabilities (such as speech to text instead of typing and translation of SMS messages that are in a foreign language), the most recent updates really take advantage of Android’s advanced features.
The latest features include a more streamline and clean interface. There are bigger icons and a new drop-down menu to choose the languages you want to translate the text ‘from’ and ‘to’.
Perhaps the most impressive and innovative new feature is the Conversation Mode. Taking the Speech to Text functionality to the next level, the user can now begin speaking with the Conversation Mode on, and the Google program will translate the words into a foreign language and “speak” it out loud back to you.
If you are trying to communicate with someone else in real time, that person can respond by speaking, and Google Translate will translate what they say back into your original language and speak it back to you. It’s like having a personal translator readily available.
While at its present moment, only English and Spanish are available to use in the Conversation Mode. However, as Google works out the bugs of the current application, other languages will surely be added in the future.
To watch a video of Google Translate App for Android in action, click here.