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November 21, 2013

Google Translate Update Enables Real-Time Conversations

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Google has launched an updated Google Translate app for Android featuring faster, simpler speech translation as well as additional language support.

The app allows two people who speak different languages to have a real-time translated conversation.

“Let’s say you’re taking your first vacation abroad and decide to head to Spain. The only problem? You don’t speak Spanish,” Google Translate product manager Matthew Gaba wrote in a blog post.

Translate+-+Android+-+Even+Smaller+(1)“Now, equipped with just your Android device, you can have a fully translated back-and-forth conversation from Spanish to English with very little work. All you need to do is open up your Translate app and press the microphone icon.”

The updated app includes gesture support, so the user, by turning the screen, can switch back and forth between languages.

Additional language support for the app’s handwriting feature has been included, enabling the user to write words in any of the 71 supported languages directly onto the device screen and have them translated on the fly.

The camera translation tool, meanwhile, allows the user to take a photo of written text and highlight which words they want translated.

The update is rolling out today via the Google Play Store.

To see a list of the languages supported by the app, click here.