Google Translate for Android app now allows you to translate speech back and forth between 14 different languages.
Google is always looking for ways to improve user experience with all of its apps, and Google Translate is no exception. Google has added a new Conversation Mode feature that is almost like having a real-life translator in your pocket.
Google Translate’s Conversation Mode uses speech recognition technology to analyze what you say and translate it into one of 14 different languages. Google Translate without Conversation Mode translates text between over 50 languages.
The way it works is that after choosing the two languages involved you say what you want translated into the app. Google Translate then translates it and plays it for the other person to hear. The person you’re talking to gives a reply in their language by speaking into the app, and tapping a button when they’re done. Google Translate’s Conversation Mode then translates it back into your language. The process can can be repeated ad infinitum.
Google Translate is already one of what I’d call the top 5 Android apps for trips and travel, but this new Conversation Mode makes it even more essential.