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Google Translate for Android Now Translates Your Verbal Communication

January 13, 2011 at 4:32 am

Google Translate for Android QR Code

Google Translate for Android QR Code

I have been wanting Google translate for Android to grow up. Translating the text entered within the app doesn’t serve the purpose. Why not something like Chrome? Integration with Webkit browser to translate the webpages would have been really cool. Sigh! Google has its own plans and hardly cares about my thoughts. Google translate has been updated but not with what I wanted. It rather has got verbal communication translation.

Google has just updated the ‘Google Translate’ app for Android with verbal communication translation. Say, you are talking to a Spanish guy. You speak into your phone in English and it’d translate it in Spanish. The other guy would then speak in Spanish and Google translate will translate it into English. Cool? Yes, but I have concerns.

I just tested the app myself and it felt kinda weired to me. First it was hardly able to recognize the Spanish spoken into it but was fine with English. I don’t have a Spanish friend so I learnt a few Spanish words to try this thing out. It was fun. Here’s what I got:

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Second, the implementation isn’t user friendly. Once your English is translated into Spanish, all the text on screen changes into Spanish that you don’t understand. It’s like handing your phone over to the stranger Spanish guy to speak into it. I won’t do that Google!

Third, choosing conversation mode is hidden. There’s no icon on the homescreen to select it, neither a menu item. You have to translate something to get presented with the option to enter into the conversation mode.

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Google Translate for Android Screenshot

Overall it’s a nice idea. Its in very early stage and supports only Spanish/English. We expect improvements over time. Like seamlessly translating phone calls.

Go get it on Android market.

[Google]

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