I’m happy that a lot of these Google apps are finally seeing release on the iPhone and the latest in the bunch is also one of the most useful. Google Translate is the latest Google app to this the App Store and it does one thing and one thing only – it translates any word you throw at it into almost any language you can think of. If you’ve used the web app version of Google Translate, the dedicated app looks very similar but has one defining difference. The Google Translate app allows you to actually hear the translated word so that you can hear the pronunciation of the word. Very useful indeed as we tend to butcher words that are not our native languages.
Another very useful feature of the Google Translate app is the ability for it to recognize spoken speech. Instead of typing out phrases or words, you can speak into the mic and the app will automatically translate it into any language you choose. It’s not entirely accurate however as I had trouble with it accurately recognizing Spanish words. English however is spot on and it will recognize those very accurately. If Google can ramp up the accuracy of this, the app would make for a real handy universal translator of sorts. I know that is something that all you Star Trek fans have been waiting for. I know I have.
Google Translate is an app that I believe everyone should download. It really is useful, especially if you’re a business user or deal with other languages other than your own on a regular basis. The only thing missing from this app that I really wish Google would implement is the ability to snap a photo of a given word or phrase and have translate it on the fly. That would make my trips to China or Japan so much easier.
Translate words and phrases between more than 50 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.
With Google Translate you can:
* Translate text between 57 languages
* Translate by speaking the text instead of typing it (15 languages)
* Listen to your translations spoken aloud (23 languages)
* Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others nearby to read
* Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
* Access your translation history even when you’re offline
* Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, etc..) in Latin characters to read it phonetically (e.g. Pinyin, Romaji)
* View additional dictionary results for single words or short phrases
Translations between the following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Arabic, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish
[via App Store]