When it comes to mobile technology, there is something that perhaps most Android users are already used to that other smartphone users, including Apple iPhone users, are not and that is setting the pace. Arguably one of the most difficult barriers to overcome in mobile technology is the language barrier and in a bid to make it possible for everyone to be able to communicate and connect more easily, Google released an update to Google Translate for Android with an experimental feature called Conversation Mode earlier this year. Basically, the Android Conversation Mode, which was originally released in English and Spanish, makes it possible for users to translate speech back and forth between languages.
Today, Google has announced even more good news for Android users in Brazil, Czech republic, Holland (Netherlands), France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, Poland, Russia and Turkey, as the Android Conversation Mode has now been expanded to include 14 new languages i.e. Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish respectively.
How To Use Google Translate For Android, With Conversation Mode
In order to use the Conversation Mode, users have to speak into their phone’s microphone, and the Translate app will translate what they have said and read the translation out loud. The person they are speaking with can then reply in their language, and Conversation Mode will translate what they said and read it back.
Limitations of Google Translate, So Far
Factors such as background noise and regional accents may still affect the accuracy of the Conversation Mode technology because it is still in its alpha phase. However, the quality is expected to increase the more people use it anywhere in the world. Furthermore, there are additional features that can make it easier to speak and read as you translate. For example, if you wanted to say “Where is the train?” but Google Translate recognizes your speech as “Where is the rain?”, you can now correct the text before you translate it. You can also add unrecognized words to your personal dictionary.
Finally, the app has also been optimised for larger screens like the Android tablet. Whilst still working to expand full Conversation Mode to even more languages, Google Translate for Android will still support text translation among 63 languages, voice input in 17 of those languages, and text-to-speech in 24 of them.
Interested Android users can download the Google Translate app in the Android Market where it is available for tablets and phones running Android 2.2 and above.
October 16, 2011 at 6:18 am
I think this is so cool! if you’re in another country or anything. I’d love to try it out. 🙂
October 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm
I tried it in my laptop and I think there are lots of use for it if you want to learn to speak another language too!
October 20, 2011 at 7:58 am
Chinese conversation mode has been working for a while already, maybe that was beta, I don’t know.
I do really love the new enlarge function on the app.
Especially with the Chinese characters it is great that they are so clear so people can read it from a distance and I don’t have to give my phone to everybody and point at the part they have to read. It’s like holding up a sign.
October 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm
I didn’t really quite utilize this for anything yet. I have been missing a lot from it. tsk tsk.
October 24, 2011 at 12:10 am
It’s a good thing that there’s a Google translate available for android. I hope they will expand more of the languages so other users from other countries will be able to use it for their android phones. Now that many people prefer android phones, they should make this available to them.
October 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm
gosh i didn`t realise Android users reached as far as South Korea, 14 languages is pretty impressive!
November 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I just have recently been exposed on how useful this could be for us.. it’s such a nice tool.
November 8, 2011 at 9:05 am
Google translate is a mandatory tool. Because communication with people around the world is very important. Becomes easier, if google translate on my android gadget