Google Translate for Android is Almost a Universal Translator

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In the Star Trek world of the future we’re able to communicate with alien life though the use of a Universal Translator that holds a database of all known languages and dialects and immediately translates both sides of a spoken conversation. It’s a pretty impressive concept.

We don’t live in the future, we live in the now. In the now we have the Google Translate app, which got a very cool update today: Conversation Mode.

Conversation Mode is an experimental feature that essentially lets two people who speak different languages communicate with one another using speech-to-text, text-translation, and text-to-speech. It’s all rather complex, but oh so very cool!

Spanish and English are the only languages supported right now, so “universal” it is not. Additionally, speech recognition isn’t perfect, but it’s better than not being able to communicate at all — and is getting better every day!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.