Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has introduced a new
experimental feature for its Google Translate service, offering the ability for
real-time translation of spoken conversation on Android devices via a new
"Conversation Mode." Currently only available for English-Spanish and
vice versa, the mode lets an Android smartphone user speak in English into the
device’s speaker, which will then translate and read the translation out loud.
A conversation partner may then speak back in Spanish, and their words will be
read back out loud in English.
"Because this technology is still in alpha,
factors like regional accents, background noise or rapid speech may make it
difficult to understand what you’re saying," Google said in a blog post.
"Even with these caveats, we’re excited about the future promise of this
technology to be able to help people connect across languages."