Google Translate app gets offline translation,conversation mode for more Indian languages
Google on Wednesday announced updates that Google Translater app that would enable users in Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu,Bengali, Gujarati, and Urdu languages to use offline translations and instant visual translation in their preferred language.
Google Translate has also added support for conversation mode feature – that lets users have a bilingual conversation with someone, simply by talking to Translate app – in regional languages such as Bengali, Gujarati etc.
To activate this awesome feature, users should tap the mic to start speaking in a selected language, then tap the mic again, and the Translate app will automatically recognise which of the two languages are being spoken, enabling a smooth conversation, the company said in a statement.
The app already lets the user use camera mode to snap a photo of the English text and get a translation in these languages.In order to use this feature, you need to open the translate app and point your camera at a signboard or text in English and get the translated text in your language on the screen. In case, you are using Word Lens in the language for the first time, then you will be asked to download a translation file at first as the Word Lens will work offline.
Offline translation was already available for Hindi and is now expanding to the aforementioned seven languages. You will have to download the language pack of the language you want to use when you are on WiFi and then use the pack when you are on the go. English is automatically embedded in all language packs, so you can start translating offline between English and your language straight away.
As a Google spokesperson told me, many of these new features were inspired by what the company learned in countries like India and Indonesia, where many users are only now getting their first smartphones.