Google Translate’s New ‘Conversation Mode’ Launched

By on Jan 13, 2011 in Internet, Technology Comments

Google had launched a new version of Google Translate for Android that includes a “conversation feature“.

With the alpha version of Conversation Mode, conversations with someone through their Android phone using a different language and hear responses through their own language and vice versa is allowed.

According to Google mobile product manager, “Technology becomes really exciting when it becomes invisible.”, Google’s Awaneesh Verma says, “a new interface within Google Translate that’s optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language. In conversation mode, simply press the microphone for your language and start speaking. Google Translate will translate your 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.”

Google Translate could remember previous translations, so if users are asking the same question over and over, the users don’t need to constantly type the same question.

According to Google, the new version of the free Google Translate app can translate between 53 languages, from Aramaic to Yiddish. But Google’s “conversation mode” option is only available when users select Spanish as a translated language. More language will be introduced in the future.

The alpha “conversation mode” immediately recites the translated text, and then retains them in numerous “speech bubbles” that appear, one on top of the next according to pcmag.com.



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