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Google updates translate for Android, with 14 different languages

Internet search engine giant Google has released a new version of its translator application for their own Android mobile device operating system, with new features and support for a great deal more languages than just two.

Google made public an update to Google Translate for Android in January this year, with an experimental feature called Conversation Mode. This offers the ability to translate actual speech and between different languages, but only English and Spanish.

The translator application has now been expanded, to include Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish - with 13 different languages supported in total, or 14, including English.

Google's Translator 'conversation mode' operates by speaking dialogue into the phone’s microphone, where the app translates what has been said and then reads the translation out loud.

The other person can then reply in their own language, where this conversation mode will translate what has been said and then read back the new text.

There are also some other added features, just to make it easier to speak and then read the translated text. If you wanted to say “Where is the train?” but Google Translate recognises the dialogue as “Where is the rain?”, this new version allows for the text to be corrected, before the final translation.

Google is working to expand full Conversation Mode to even more languages, where the software still supports text translation among 63 languages, voice input in 17 of those languages, and text-to-speech in 24 of them.

Google Translate app is now available in Android Market, for tablets and mobile phones running Android 2.2 and above.

Check out the video below, which highlights the applications worth.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.