Samsung Galaxy S4 to bridge language gaps with new ‘S Translator’ feature

by: David GonzalesMarch 15, 2013

S Translator
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.

  • padlock1

    But, at the end of the day, this is essentially and “on line” feature right?

    • Toss3

      That is a great point, and would make the feature useless when you would actually need it.

    • Topain

      Im also wondering this.. If it requires data connection then it becomes almost useless

    • ano69

      Right. Offilne mode translation is quite difficult to achieve, at least it needs more power and place to store all that databases. Try to search for “7-in-1 Offline Translator” in Play – truly offline, although not full featured as of now, and not exactly the same languages.

      • padlock1

        Thanks. Its one of those features that is really appealing…in theory….but roaming charges are what they are. Hence, as you suggested, there are other (if less efficient) options out there by 3rd parties. I’m really struggling to decide whether to wait for the GS4 or simply succumb to the Xperia. The HTC 1 which I saw in Taipei last week is really appealing for its premium “design” theme and new thinking on apps and feeds but, who knows how long they can afford to run updates given where they appear to be heading. Meanwhile, I’ll def check out 7-in-1. Many thanks again.

        • ano69

          Glad to help and enjoy!

  • Greg Lamb

    Given that S Voice was pretty crappy who knows what’s going to come out of S translator!

  • M.Beg

    Gimmicky software for gimmicky plastic phone

  • DiegoFCardenas

    If you download you get 30 languages on the iOS and Adroid platforms.

  • Mike A

    I was thinking this feature would sway me into getting a S4, but i’m gonna try out Google Translate and 7-in1 first and then maybe still go with a Xperia Z. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

  • DiegoFCardenas

    If you install you get 30 languages on iOS and soon Android devices. This includes Arabic !