Early this year, Google introduced an innovation in communication technology that fascinated the world–the Google Translate app for Android with Conversation Mode. What started with two languages now has 12 more in it–and continues to be developed.

Having problems travelling around a foreign land? Or having problems communicating over the phone with a foreign customer? An easy and free Android app can help you wiggle your way out of the awkward predicament.

The Google Translate app has been updated–from 2 languages (Spanish and English)–with 12 more languages this time for its Conversation Mode.

The new 12 languages Google Translate now supports using Conversation Mode include the following in addition to English and Spanish:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese (being currently developed)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Turkish

Conversation Mode in Google Translate allows you to speak easily with someone who uses a different language. You speak into the mic with your language, and the application automatically translates it for you into the language used by the other person–and vice versa.

Google Translate Conversation Mode makes it easier for you to communicate by doing the translation for you in real-time. Also, since the technology is still in alpha development, there are instances when the word might not be clear due to noise, or regional accents. But, you shouldn’t have to worry about that, as the app also allows you to edit the text before translating it. Also, if you have words not recognized by the program, you can add the word to its dictionary so the app can recognize it next time.

You can get the Google Translate app free from the Android Market. What other communication advances do you want for an Android app?

Carl Parker
We're all multi-talented and multi-faceted here, but, perhaps, Carl is the most multi-faceted in the bunch. Among Carl's many interests, Android holds a special place. He's particularly fond of reviewing Android apps and writing step-by-step guides for fellow Android fans.