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January 12, 2011

Conversation Mode in Google Translate for Android

Google Translate's app for Android added a feature that has previously announced by Google: conversation mode. The new option is experimental and it only works for English and Spanish, so it's more like an early preview. Conversation mode is a fancy name for making it easy to have a conversation in two different languages.

"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. Because this technology is still in alpha, factors like regional accents, background noise or rapid speech may make it difficult to understand what you're saying," explains Google.

The conversation is supposed to be fluid, but you still need to confirm that Google's voice recognition system worked well and tap the "Reply" button to switch roles. Here's a demo that shows the new feature in action for English and German:


  1. That's great advancement in language translation.

  2. There are not enough languages available in Google translator but i know Google enhance the languages soon

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  4. Just tried it. It works horrifically badly.

    It relies on two things: voice recognition and machine translation.

    There is a reason why we still use keyboards. They is a reason why we translators still have jobs. This app combines two technologies in their infancy, and relies on them both working perfectly. Fail.

  5. Und wo kann man das herunterladen. Im Market finde ich das nicht.
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  6. Is it possible to try this in Windows 7?

  7. This is a good try - no doubt. The last time I commented about this Google translate my main concern is the grammatical accuracy of the translate.

    Anyway, I'm not an android fan, but will be happy to see Google take this fantastic idea across other applications.


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