Google has refreshed its Translate for Android with few interesting changes to help users.
With the new Translate for Android, users would converse with a person speaking another language in two way speech and this new Translate supports 53 launguages from Afrikaans to Yiddish, and voice input for 15 languages, a Google blog post said. The application is now available for devices running Android 2.1.
The new Translate has also brought a dropdown box to help select the languages users want to translate from and into with improved input boxes, and cleaner icons and layout.
Moreover, for translation between English and Spanish a new Conversation mode has been added to the new app. “This is a new interface within Google Translate that’s optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language. You may have seen an early demo a few months ago, and today you can try it yourself on your Android device,” said the blog post.
Currently, users can only opt for Conversation Mode while translating between English and Spanish by simply pressing the microphone for the language. Also Google Translate would translate one’s speech and read the translation out loud.
“Your conversation partner can then respond in their language, and you’ll hear the translation spoken back to you. Because this technology is still in alpha, factors like regional accents, background noise or rapid speech may make it difficult to understand what you’re saying. Even with these caveats, we’re excited about the future promise of this technology to be able to help people connect across languages,” said the blog post.
With this Speech-to-Text and Text-To-Speech technique the search engine is expecting the new Translate would be more in demand.
“The majority of our usage now comes from outside the United States, and we’ve seen daily usage from more than 150 countries, from Malaysia to Mexico to Mozambique. It’s really rewarding for us to see how this new platform is helping us break down language barriers the world over,” said Google.