In January this year, Google Translate for Android was updated with an experimental feature in English and Spanish called “Conversation Mode,” which enables you to you translate speech back and forth between languages. Today, Google expands the feature to 14 languages, adding Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish, announced Google.
Google Translate for Android also supports text translation among 63 languages, voice input in 17 of those languages, and text-to-speech in 24 of them.
“To use Conversation Mode, speak into your phone’s microphone, and the Translate app will translate what you’ve said and read the translation out loud. The person you’re speaking with can then reply in their language, and Conversation Mode will translate what they said and read it back to you.”
Google says they have also added some features to 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.
“When viewing written translation results, you can tap the magnifying glass icon to view the translated text in full screen mode so you can easily show it to someone nearby, or just pinch to zoom in for a close-up view. Tap the magnifying glass icon to view translations full screen,” added Google.
Finally, Google also optimized the app for larger screens like your Android tablet.
You can download the Google Translate app in Android Market.
Watch Conversation Mode in action below: