Google Translate for Android, 14 languages in Conversation Mode

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Google Translate for Android is gradually expanding its reach by adding twelve more languages to its Conversation Mode feature. Previously limited to English and Spanish, the utility will now provide translations for Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish, thus making up a database of fourteen languages in total.

Launched in early 2010, Google Translate for Android received its first update in January this year. Back then, the update equipped the application with machine translation, romanization of non-Roman scripts and spoken translations, along with SMS translation and Conversation Mode. The recent renewal will enable all these services in fourteen languages spoken all over the world.

“This technology is still in alpha, so factors like background noise and regional accents may affect accuracy. But since it depends on examples to learn, the quality will improve as people use it more. We wanted to get this early version out to help start the conversation no matter where you are in the world,” wrote Jeff Chin, Product Manager on the official Google Mobile blog.

The Conversation Mode allows audio input by users, while the app further translates it into the specified language and will also read it out loud. While communicating with another person, both can speak in their native languages and the app will read out the concerned translation to either party.

The Google Translate for Android app is available for handsets operating on the 2.2 and higher versions of the operating system. It can be downloaded through the Android Market.