Google Translate For Android Gets 'Conversation Mode'

Google has updated its Translate app for Android, adding an improved input feature and an experimental 'Conversation Mode'.

The app allows users to translate basic words and phrases seamlessly from one language to another like the Babel fish from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.

The Conversation Mode, which is still in its alpha development stage, allows users to communicate with someone nearby speaking in a different language at the push of a button.

Awaneesh Verma, a product manager with Google told The Telegraph: "Google Translate will translate your speech and read the translation out loud. Your conversation partner can then respond in their language, and you’ll hear the translation spoken back to you."

“In conversation mode, simply press the microphone for your language and start speaking. Google Translate will translate your speech and read the translation out loud. Your conversation partner can then respond in their language, and you’ll hear the translation spoken back to you" Verma said.

The voice translation feature is currently only available in English and Spanish, but Google has promised to add new languages soon.