Google updated its Translate app for Android devices this week. Thomas Claburn at InformationWeek reports that most of the updates aren't noteworthy sans one. Google has added Conversation Mode to the Translate app, which allows users to translate chats instantaneously.
In a blog post, Awaneesh Verma, product manager, explains:
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.
Currently, Google Translate only works in Spanish and English. Google expects to add new languages to the alpha trial version soon and says the service should operate in real time within 18 months, according to The Economic Times.