Google Translate app will soon translate SPEECH in real time, insider reveals
Android app will automatically recognise speech in a number of languages
Real-time text translation will let people converse more naturally without understanding each other’s mother tongues, rumours suggest
Will build on Google’s Translate feature, which offers written translation of 90 languages and spoken translations in some cases
App follow’s beta version of Microsoft’s Skype speech translation tool
It translates a video conversations between English and Spanish
Just one month after Skype unveiled the ability to translate conversations between Spanish and English in real time, Google has announced its own voice translation service.
The mobile translation app will automatically recognise speech in a number of widely-spoken languages to translate it into text in a user’s native language.
The move builds on Google’s Translate feature, which offers written translation of 90 languages as well as enabling people to hear spoken translations in a handful of languages.
Google is tipped to extend its Google Translate app (logo pictured) by adding a feature that automatically recognises speech in a number of popular languages and translates conversation into text in a user’s native language, potentially making awkward mis-communication problems on holiday, a thing of the past
The Android app will let people converse in different languages, offering a running commentary on what is being said on the screen of a smartphone or computer,The New York Times reported.
When the update will be rolled out and how the technology works is unknown, but MailOnline has contacted Google for comment.
Google told the newspaper that its Translate app has been installed 100 million times on Android handsets and that most of these apps will get the speech update.
Macduff Hughes, the engineering director of Google Translate said: ‘We have 500 million active users of Translate every month, across all our platforms.’
Users of Google’s text translate service which works with 140 languages will be familiar with this screen, but the new app will let people converse in different languages by offering a running commentary on what is being said, instead of a quick translattion in a ‘box’
Rumours of the Google update come a month after Microsoft released a preview of Skype Translator (shown). It lets people of different languages talk to each other on video calls. The software translates Spanish or English into text and speech, using a Windows 8.1 device
He believes that because 80 to 90 per cent of the web is written in 10 languages, being able to interpret different languages is a critical learning tool for millions of people.
Google will also launch a freshly branded app that translates foreign text into a user’s native language using a smartphone camera.
The ability to do this already exists via an app called Word Lens, whose parent company, Quest Visual, was acquired by Google in May 2014.
Users can hover their smartphone camera in front of text – a street sign for example – to see a translation magically appear on their screen.
Last month, Microsoft’s Skype released a beta version of its live translation tool, which translates speech instantly into both text and spoken translations.
While it currently only interprets between English and Spanish, it will eventually offer 40 languages, which will mean people from different countries will be able to converse with ease.
‘Skype is now removing another barrier to make it possible for people to communicate irrespective of what language they speak,’ Microsoft’s Gurdeep Pall wrote in a blog post.
‘Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets.’