Googles androidapp Translation Service Translate is updated to version 2.2. The new release includes a major new feature, namely the translation of the speech in real time between 14 different languages.
The new conversation mode can come in handy when you are traveling in a country where you do not know the language. The official demo video above shows Google the following example. If you are in Japan and want to ask someone for the nearest bus station you can ask the question to the app (in English). Use Google Translate to convert the speech into text, translates the phrase into Japanese and then reads it, whereupon the person in question can answer in their native language. When translated speech again and read out in English. Such a function had almost seemed like science fiction not too many years ago, but now we have become accustomed clever features in our smart phones. What do you think of conversation mode and is there anything you will find it useful?
Conversation mode currently supports the following languages, but more will be added in the future. English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Mandarin), Polish, Russian and Turkish.