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Google Translate Receives Update, Includes New “Conversation” Mode

Google Translate came equipped with a new “Conversation” mode today that allows you to have a conversation with someone on the street, with your phone, in 2 different languages.  This new option currently only translates conversations in English and Spanish, but that’s impressive in itself.  Here is Google’s explanation on this new feature:

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. Because this technology is still in alpha, factors like regional accents, background noise or rapid speech may make it difficult to understand what you’re saying. Even with these caveats, we’re excited about the future promise of this technology to be able to help people connect across languages.

Now, knowing Google, this will likely have many other languages in just a short amount of time.  In fact, they already have voice support for 15 languages, so the base is already in place to get conversations going between the rest of our wonderful world.  They also updated the UI, but the star here is the breakthrough “Conversation” mode.  Anyone given it a spin yet?

Via:  Google Mobile Blog

  • Mic123

    Will this show dirty words?  I found a great app on the driod marketplace called potty mouth international translator that spits out some great quotes and words.  https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pottymouth&feature=search_result

  • monteray

    Just got the conversation mode working by setting espeak tts to default TTS engine

  • monteray

    just tried it, but I did not get a conversation mode option after downloading version 2.0.0 version 42.

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  • rohdawgeleven

    “factors like regional accents,or rapid speech may make it difficult to understand”

    …wait, nobody speaks spanish fast, do they?

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  • d33zilla

    But can WE have look of “Conversation” Mode in the messaging app …………….???!

  • Chris

    Does this translate gibberish?

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  • The DX Man

    I had to pull battery twice with this app. Causes Droid X to lock up anyone else with this problem ?

    • Anonymous

      Yours is the only relevant comment in this thread. My download & installation went well on my D2, but when I tried to access the app, got a message that something else needed installation, and it locked up. I also had to remove the battery for it to boot up again. Going to hold off on its use until more info trickles out.

  • Jawshua

    This is amazing! I use translate all the time learning Italian because I’m going to move there to work on a movie soon and this will help me so much! Thanks Google! And thanks Droid Life for the heads up! So awesome!!!

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  • Nathanbull33

    Had one of the latino guys here at work speak into to see how it worked. The first time it translated it incorrectly and said something about still wanting to talk about makeup. So i made him do it again but slower and it got it perfect that time! He was trying to say “i need a part for my car” lol

    • The350zWolf

      I wonder if it will translate curse words and slang hummm :^S

  • Brian

    Anyone else unable to access the market?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

      mine has been having a hard time connecting through wi-fi since the market was updated, browsers will work fine, market wont do it, 3g never fails tho
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  • Insley343i

    do the sms translations only work for texts on the built in sms app? They need Google voice integration!

    • eddieonofre

      agree

  • The350zWolf

    To think about it this is kinda what the universal language translator does in Star Trek. Cool!

  • Jak_341

    Unimpressed. Star Trek had this for years. :-p

    • The350zWolf

      Aahh, but you see, right now we are developing the technology for the future. The Universal Translator was first used in the 22nd Century, we are currently in the 21st :^P

      • Jak_341

        Touche. Lol.

        • http://twitter.com/GratefulRoast Grateful Roast

          Boldly going where only StarTrek has gone / is yet to go / before / after.

          Yeah.

      • Jak_341

        Touche. Lol.

    • EC8CH

      When Google Translate supports Klingon… that is the day nerds of the world will rejoice:

      http://www.kli.org/

  • The350zWolf

    Ok, here is food for thought, Can the I*phone translate? Droid does!

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    This would’ve helped me so much a couple semesters back when I was in spanish. Still can be very useful, might have to give it another go.

  • Anonymous

    This will be great, now I can communicate with the help!

    • david522

      hahaha

    • Jawshua

      Haha, that’s pretty good!

  • Dariusclark73

    Second!

  • Kellex

    First!!

    • Anonymous

      Wow I don’t even know what to say.

      • Dariusclark73

        Next time try second!!

        • The350zWolf

          lol

    • Anonymous

      Cheater! Or should I say… “Tramposo!” :-) Will the real Dr. Droid please stand up?