The Google Translate app has landed on the iPhone, giving iFans on-the-fly translation of 57 languages.
Just like the Android app released recently, the iOS version has speech recognition support for 15 languages, so you can ‘speak to the app’ whatever you want translated. Translations can be displayed in full screen mode for clarity, but if you’re not a fan of reading, it can also speak back translations in 23 languages.
The cool bit, however, is that you can ‘star’ your favourite translations for offline access later, or check them from history, which should come mighty handy for avoiding expensive roaming charges.
There’s also support for typing out non-Latin script languages such as Chinese and Japanese into Latin characters, which can be read back phonetically. Plus, dictionary results are provided for words or phrases that you’re unsure of.
Alas, the iOS app does not support the awesome Spanish ‘conversation mode’ from the Android version that lets users hold a two-way conversation with a Spanish speaker while the app translates at near instant speed.
Google Translate is free to download right from the App Store.
Source: Google Mobile Blog