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  • Google Translate Turns iPhone into Real Life Universal Translator


    Google Translate has just been released for iOS devices. It was first introduced back in 2008 as an HTML5 web app for the iPhone and is now available as a native iOS app. It has all of the same features and a few new additions to help improve its overall usability as well. Just like other Google apps, this one is also a free download.

    With Google Translate you can translate 57 languages in text-only form or it will recognize 15 different languages spoken into the app. Google translate can also speak 23 languages aloud. Hopefully, future versions will have the ability to understand and speak every supported language, instead of fragmenting them as they have with this version. This app is still quite impressive nonetheless.

    You can also save your favorite phrases by pressing the star next to the translated text. Stared favorites are also accessible off line, so if you have to be in airplane mode you still have access to a few phrases. The zoom icon gives you access to full screen mode. This is can be quite useful if you need to show someone text that you can’t quite pronounce. Google translate also supports non-Latin script languages like, Japanese and gives you the translation in Kanji characters and phonetically in Latin script as well.



    When Star Trek first introduced the concept of a universal translator back in the late 1960’s, it was nothing more than a bit of science fiction wishful thinking. With the release of Google Translate, that wish is now a reality. This version of Google Translate doesn’t quite measure up to the universal translators found on the Starship Enterprise quite yet, but it is an impressive first step in the right direction. Science fiction of the past is slowly becoming the science reality of today. This is just the first version of Google Translate, just imagine what it will look like in a few years. Who would have thought that Star Trek technology would have the Google logo on it one day?

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Translate Turns iPhone into Real Life Universal Translator started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by woowoodengy View Post
      this is awesome. the best thing since voice activator but i can see this being a problem taking out your shiny iPhone4 in a 3rd world country to use as a translation device. then getting robbed and told what to do through your own iPhone at gunpoint. i dont think i will use this on my travels to Guatemala lol. but great app nonetheless
      Algunas personas su ignorancia no les Deja mirar mas aya de su ego
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by FireSpyder View Post
      Don't be ridiculous. I've spent a lot of time in Guatemala and it's people are friendly and for the most part honest. Most people in the third world are poor, not criminals. Crime rates in the 1st world countries are often higher. Don't be ignorant.
      +1
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      All of googles apps are good and free. While the he'll don't the combine them into one app? The google app. For as smart as they are they sure don't know what to do with all their money and smarts.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Tried it out and it works great. Might never need it but it will help if I do
    1. woowoodengy's Avatar
      woowoodengy -
      Quote Originally Posted by FireSpyder View Post
      Don't be ridiculous. I've spent a lot of time in Guatemala and it's people are friendly and for the most part honest. Most people in the third world are poor, not criminals. Crime rates in the 1st world countries are often higher. Don't be ignorant.
      thats very true that Guatemalan people are very nice but they have one of the highest crime rates in central america and more murders too. (not the most) i did post that i have a house there so i know guatemala like the back of my hand and i drive from the pacific to the Caribbean and for the majority it is safe if you practice safe practices (like anywhere) but pulling out something flashy in a restaurant may get you followed and robbed after you leave. there are many people praying on the week there but mainly they leave tourists alone and go for the local helpless people through extortion and kidnapping.

      maybe i should not of said 3rd world but said the back streets of rio de janeiro where robbery is second to drug sales for income (yes i been there too).

      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      Algunas personas su ignorancia no les Deja mirar mas aya de su ego
      thanks,

      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      +1
      i live in chicago and work on the westside (lawndale) and have no problem walking to the store with my iPhone in hand and gold chain and gold bracelet and diamond wedding band and yes i do have a chance of being robbed but in places like guatemala you dont see many people with flashy things for a reason. i always leave my jewelry at home before i go.
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      I have high hopes for the future of this app. In it's current state the voice translation is crap. I tried several german and french phrases. Many easy simple phrases and it failed to recognize most of them. Simple words like hi, hello worked.

      I guess you get what you pay for and the app is free.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post

    1. abnormal1379's Avatar
      abnormal1379 -
      Great app, when you have a data connection. Almost impossible to use when I'm traveling overseas. I can't unlock my iPhone for a 3rd party sim. ATT overseas data plan is way too expensive. This app has so much promise...