Google Translate gains new real-time language support
Back around the start of the year, Google dropped a pretty exciting update to its already impressive Google Translate app, adding both a real-time dictated translation mode and one that worked with your phone’s video camera to instantly translate printed text – live as you filmed it. For as useful as the latter sounded, its implementation was a little limited initially, only supporting a handful of languages. While that was a good start, things are only getting better, and today Google announces some broad new language support for the feature.
In updates coming to Google Translate for both Android and iOS this week, the real-time video translation mode picks up support for an additional twenty languages, supporting a grand total of twenty-seven. Google shows off both the speed of its translations as well as the natural-looking way it can replace native text with translated equivalents in the promo video embedded below.
That’s just part of this new update, which also speeds up spoken translations while simultaneously reducing data requirements – so even if you you’re looking to talk to someone in some far-off (or maybe not so far-off) corner of the world with slower mobile data than you’d like, the service should still be able to keep up with the conversation.