Microsoft Translator is upping its game to compete with Google Translate in the world of travelling companion apps. Their new “conversation” feature looks like it might give Google a run for its money – at least in regions where Mandarin, English, French German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish are primary languages.

All by itself, the smartphone app seems functionally identical to Google Translate. It uses the same translation engine that Skype uses to actively translate spoken-word input into a textual translation. Where Microsoft Translator really starts to shine with this update, however, is when you add a smartwatch to the mix. Microsoft boasts that their app’s smartwatch integration allows people of different language backgrounds to converse in a more fluid and natural way, rather than hunching over a small screen or passing the device back and forth. You can see how the process works in the animation above.

Microsoft says they are going to continue to develop their language translation software, hopefully getting closer and closer to the babel fish experience, and they’re looking for user and community feedback to make their translations smoother and more comfortable. The app is available on both Android and Apple. You can give it a spin by clicking the button below to download it from the Google Play Store.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Microsoft Translator’s latest feature? What is your go-to translation app of choice? Let us know in the comments!

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