Google Translate to work in real time!
You've heard about Google Translate being a thing that can happen in real-time now? Well, they've confirmed it and the app will update so they can take on Skype and their translation tool.
Google unveileded "the new, more powerful Google Translate app" over on their official Google blog.
They say: "The Translate app already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don't have an Internet or data connection."
The app supports languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. You can assume Google will be working on more too. The function will also work offline, which is great for your pocket as you won't get hit by loads of roaming charges if you're on holiday.
The app will also enable a real-time conversation function, so with two taps of the microphone, you'll be translated like magic!
Google say: "When talking with someone in an unfamiliar language, conversations can... get... realllllllly... sloowwww. While we’ve had real-time conversation mode on Android since 2013, our new update makes the conversation flow faster and more naturally."
"The Google Translate app will automatically recognise which of the two languages are being spoken, letting you have a more fluid conversation. For the rest of the conversation, you won’t need to tap the mic again—it'll be ready as you need it. Asking for directions to the Rive Gauche, ordering bacalhau in Lisbon, or chatting with your grandmother in her native Spanish just got a lot faster."
These new features will start rolling out on Android and iOS over the next few days.