Monday , March 19 2018

Google Translate brings live video translation and new conversation mode

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Google has updated its Translate apps for iOS and Android incorporating aspects of the Word Lens translation service which it acquired some time back, as well as a smarter conversation mode that listens to both conversations at once, facilitating a faster exchange.

On the topic of Word Lens, which Google acquired last year, all you need to do is hit the camera button and point your phone at a sign, poster or something else with printed words and you’ll receive an instant, augmented reality translation live on your screen. This part of Google Translate supports English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Google is promising more languages later, but this is still a reasonable start.

The second feature is one that will be great for conversations. While conversation mode has been around since 2013, it couldn’t be described as particularly great. Conversation participants had to take turns, and wait for the translation to finish before switching languages. With this new version, speakers can speak in their preferred language without pressing any buttons in between, and the app will figure out who’s speaking, in what language, and translate it on the fly.

The update will be rolling out via the Google Play Store soon, but as usual, if you want to grab the APK without waiting, APK Mirror has you covered.

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Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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It hasn’t automatically updated you, damnit.
I really want to try this. See how good the voice translator is. It will be vastly useful.

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