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This article was published on January 14, 2015


Google Translate gets real-time voice and sign translations on iOS and Android

Google Translate gets real-time voice and sign translations on iOS and Android
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

Remember that Google Translate update with real-time voice translation we heard about earlier this week? It’s now here for Android and iOS devices.

While Google Translate for Android has offered real-time conversation mode since 2013, the new version adds a much speedier version.

Tap the mic symbol, start speaking in a selected language, tap again and Google Translate will automatically recognize the languages being spoken. It will keep listening to translate through your conversation.

The second big update is the integration of Word Lens. The Translate app already allowed you to take a picture of text and have it translated into one of 36 languages but you can now get instant translation.

Google Word Lens iPhone GIF

Pointing your camera at a sign will translate it while retaining the same typography. It currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

➤ Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app [Google Inside Search | iOS | Android]

 

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