If you thought Samsung couldn’t add any more useful features — like the built-in TV remote function — to the Galaxy S4, think again. The company’s latest Android-powered flagship smartphone comes with a little something called S Translator. Its job is, as its name suggests, help users survive in certain places where the people do not speak their native language, through the power of translation. Such a feature would surely be useful the next time you venture out of your home country.
S Translator works with a total of nine different languages. And according to the Samsung keynote speakers that first showcased it during the Galaxy S4 unveiling, it offers not just text-to-speech translation, but speech-to-text translation as well. So users can type in their own language on the Galaxy S4, which through S Translator would then translate whatever they said and recite it over the loudspeaker so that a user’s intended listener can hear it.
S Translator supports the following languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. And through an app called optical reader, S Translator can be used on the Galaxy S4 to translate written words, such as those that appear in books or magazines. 3,000 embedded useful sentences are also included as part of S Translator, and users can easily fall back on these and use them even without an active Internet connection.
Samsung is certainly not the first to bring a mobile translator feature to Android with the Galaxy S4. But it counts as one more useful add-on on a handset that’s already overflowing with top-of-the-line features.