Google is reportedly going to update its Translate app in the near future to add simultaneous translation.
The app will soon recognise and convert detected speech input to text in a chosen output language, according to The New York Times. Microsoft recently implemented this feature into Skype. It currently works with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and more than 40 instant messaging languages.
Google is also reportedly set to unveil a new app that will translate text captured with a device’s camera. This would make local signs and restaurant menus much easier to navigate, for example. Such an announcement wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Google acquired Quest Visual in May of last year. Quest Visual develops Word Lens, which does exactly what Google is hoping to roll out.
Google Translate is currently capable of offering written translation of 90 languages and the ability to hear spoken translations of a few popular languages. Meanwhile, internet pages can automatically be translated using Google Chrome, and it is possible to set your e-mail language in Gmail.