Google Updates Android Translation App, Adds New Languages

Search engine giant Google has updated the Google Translation app for Android with support for additional languages.

The company said that it enhanced the Conversation Mode in Google Translate for Android, which allows travellers to translate whole sentences into different languages in real-time.

When the feature was first launched for Google Translate for Android back in January, it had come with support for only two languages, English and Spanish. However, the updated version now offers support for 12 additional languages viz. French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Czech, Turkish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, and Polish.

"Mobile technology and the Web have made it easier for people around the world to access information and communicate with each other," writes Google product manager Jeff Chin in a blog post.

"But there's still a daunting obstacle: the language barrier. We're trying to knock down that barrier so everyone can communicate and connect more easily." he added.

However, Google has maintained that the Conversation Mode is an experimental feature so users expecting a near perfect translation of what they have to say may be a bit disappointed.

Google, which pioneered voice commands and recognition into Android smartphones, may get a serious competition from Siri, the virtual assistant which Apple is launching with iPhone 4S running on iOS 5.