Google Translate Conversation Mode Adds Languages

Google Translate expanded its "Conversation Mode" feature to 14 languages Thursday for Android mobile phone application users, MSNBC’s Technolog reports.

The newly enhanced mobile software allows users to translate conversations in Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian, and Turkish. Currently, the application only translates speech into English and Spanish, Technolog reports.

Google developed Translate for Android users last year to allow translation via texts into 63 different languages, voice input in 17 languages on Android handsets and text to speech translation in 24 languages.

The latest advancement of the application lets people speak into the microphone of their Android phone and have their words translated by the Conversation Mode feature. The translation will be read aloud to the person to whom they are speaking, eWeek reports.

Google Translate’s product manager Jeff Chin posted on Google's official blog, saying the technology is “still in alpha, so factors like background noise and regional accents may affect accuracy. But since it depends on examples to learn, the quality will improve as people use it more. We wanted to get this early version out to help start the conversation no matter where you are in the world."

The application has also been optimized for larger screen such as for Android tablets, said Google, Technolog reports. Google Translate Conversation Mode Adds More Languages

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