Google Translate for Android Conversation Mode gets 12 more languages

Google Translate for Android Conversation Mode gets 12 more languages

Summary: We're a little closer to the Star Trek future with the addition of 14 new languages to Google Translate for Android's experimental Conversation Mode.

TOPICS: Google

Google Translate for Android is expanding its practically science-fictional Conversation Mode with support for twelve new languages, adding Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish to the existing English and Spanish support.

Conversation Mode, still only in an alpha release, lets two people speaking different languages talk into the phone or tablet's microphone, with the translation getting played out loud for the other party. The experimental feature was added in an update to Google Translate for Android earlier this year.

It's not quite ready for widespread usage, and the official blog entry says "factors like background noise and regional accents may affect accuracy." But in true Google fashion, the more that people use this early version of Conversation Mode, the more data the Google Translate team is able to collect to improve it.

Other new features in this update include Android tablet optimization, the ability to correct voice-generated input before you put it through the translator, the ability to put translated text in full-screen mode to make it easier to show people (like, say, the stranger giving you directions), and the ability to add unrecognized words to a personal dictionary.

The new version is available on the Android Market app store for devices running version Android 2.2 and above. If that's you, go to, and be sure to let us know how well it works in the comments below.

Topic: Google

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  • Hope is not as horrendous as Google Translate (text)

    Out of all the translating web based software, Google Translate is probably the worst. It can't translate anything right, even simple sentences and it fails miserably at translating non-standard phases.
    • How many languages do you speak wakoa..

      I speak more than ten languages. Google Translate works well with them.<br><br>English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc. ..<br><br>Oh yes! this was done with Google Translate.<br><br>You're wrong as usual, it works!<br><br><br>... proof.. here is the Spanish Version that created the above text... try it!<br><br><br>Hablo mas de diez idiomas. Google Translate trabaja bien con todos ellos.<br><br>Ingles, Espanol, Frances, Portugues, etc ..<br><br>Oh si! esto se hizo con Google Translate.<br><br>Estas equivocado como siempre, esto, funciona!<br><br><br>Considering your knowledge shown in your posts, Spanish was chosen, as it is very likely you understand a bit of it.