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February 9, 2011

Google Translate App for iPhone

Yet another Google app initially developed for Android makes its way onto the Apple App Store: Google Translate. It doesn't have all the features of the Android app: there's no conversation mode, no SMS translation, Google Suggest or a list of related phrases. Another issue is that the font size is way too big.

The application has a feature that's not available in the Android app: full-screen mode, so it doesn't make sense to use a such a big font size which is not even configurable. Google says that "the ability to easily enlarge the translated text to full-screen size" makes it "much easier to read the text on the screen, or show the translation to the person you are communicating with. Just tap on the zoom icon to quickly zoom in."

Why would you use the native application instead of visiting The native application supports voice input for 15 languages, text-to-speech for 23 languages and it's better suited for quickly switching between multiple languages.

{ via Google Mobile Blog }


  1. It's funny to note that the translation in the screenshot is wrong... And the spelling too!
    First part of the sentence should be "Quand une traduction est affichée".

  2. It's an excerpt from a Google help page which uses a strange wording that probably confused Google's machine translation service.

  3. The mobile version of has been flakey on iPhone for some time, so I definitely welcome the new app.

  4. The new Google Translate app is an awesom specimen of futuristic technology, and even more awesome will be an artificial intelligence to let the various mobile platforms and tablet computers think about and understand the material being translated.

  5. Absolutely fabulous. Works like a charm. Especially great is the voice recognition.

  6. Big help for those who work on this field. It one way also to learn different languages through the use of Google Translate. No need for you to go on research about these.

  7. This application is very useful. Now you can easily translate the foreign language you cannot understand using this application in your mobile. There is no need for us to open your computer for it.