Google Translate app hits Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch


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Google Translate is now available on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

The voice and text translation application has long been available in mobile app form for phones running Google’s own Android operating system, but hasn’t until today been available as an iOS app.

The Web search giant did, however, roll out a Google Translate HTML5 mobile site all the way back in August of 2008, which allowed iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to use many of the same features available on Android devices.


One feature not avilable on the iOS version of the app is the experimental Conversation Mode, which (for Android users) allows two people who speak two different languages to speak into a phone with the phone translating back to them in their respective tongues so a conversation can be held.

With Google Translate, users speak a word or phrase into their i-devices in one language and the app produces a translation via a computer-generated voice or text.

The app can accept voice input in 15 different languages and translate back to users in 50 languages. The computer-generated speech function can speak back to a user in 23 languages, Google said.

Text translations provided by the app can be zoomed in for easier reading or sharing on screen.

The release is Google’s fourth for the iOS since September after the arrivals of Google Voice, Google Latitude and Google Places with Hotpotfor the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The Google Translate app is a free download and requires iOS 3.0 or later -- which means it works with even first-generation iPhones -- and is in Apple’s App Store now.



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