The search giant is working to update its Translate mobile app to support simultaneous translation, a feature Microsoft implemented into Skype sometimes in last year for English and Spanish speakers. According to The New York Times, the functionality will recognize and convert detected speech input to text in a chosen output language.
Google Translate currently offers written translation of 90 languages and the ability to hear spoken translations of a few popular languages. In the update, the app will automatically recognize if someone is speaking a popular language and automatically turn it into written text. The big question is whether the new app will be able to translate all the 90 languages when it launches or just a few. Anyway, let’s be patient on this.
Besides Google Translate, the company is said to launch a new app to translate text captured with the camera into a selected language. Google laid plans for this feature by acquiring Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, which essentially does exactly that.
SOURCE: New York Times