Google Debuts iOS Translation App, Brings Priority Inbox to Gmail Mobile Interface

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Google today announced the release of a new Google Translate [App Store] application for iOS devices, offering such features as translation of spoken words and phrases and the ability to listen to translations spoken aloud.
    Google Translate also offers the ability to enlarge translated text to full-screen size for ease of reading and showing to others.


    The new app release comes just after yesterday's launch of Priority Inbox for Gmail when accessed through the web app interface for mobile devices. The popular feature that rolled out for the standard Gmail interface late last year automatically identifies important messages and flags them for priority review to help wade through ever-increasing amounts of email.
    Article Link: Google Debuts iOS Translation App, Brings Priority Inbox to Gmail Mobile Interface
  2. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    The translation app is a good idea, but I'm sure it won't work without an internet connection, which makes it totally useless on an iPod Touch.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    Not totally useless if you have a wifi connection obviously. I just downloaded it. I'm sure it'll come in handy.
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Desktop version? Umm... where?
  5. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    This app will be more convenient than the little phrase book I carried around in Japan. One time I was trying to send a package home and I couldn't make myself understood to the mailing clerk, probably due to my poor pronunciation skills. I ended up pointing at phrases in my phrase book.

    If I'd been able to speak English into my phone and have it say the same thing in Japanese, I might have made myself clear more easily. And even if I didn't, it would be a much cooler way to fail! :)
  6. macrumors 6502


    Next time, a little effort on your part may go a long way to helping you discover the world right under your nose...
  7. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Great app! Sure, Google Translate is not always grammaticly correct but it can come in handy. Especially for me as a Dutchman/European since we are obligated to learn at least four different languages in highschool.

    I also go abroad a few times a year and than an app such as this one can sure come in handy.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    It censors curse words. So much for some real fun.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    OCR capability would be a lifesaver...

    I have an app that OCRs Spanish and translates to English, but what I'd really like is the Google app with OCR, that would truly rock.
  10. keruah, Feb 8, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011

    macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
    I thought it says "desktop version introduced last month" (unlike web version). And they have Google Desktop, actually. Oh, well.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    This is really quite cool. I think it'd be perfect if the translation played back over the loudspeaker.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I'll try it, currently I just use their web app which seems to work fine.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I'm blown away!

    I did the voice recognition and it got ausgezeichnet on the first try!

    Very impressed!
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    I, for one, like the increased amount of Google services available for iPhone.

    Even better, they're much more professional than paid apps - and they're free!
  15. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008

    As a text translator it works well enough, but at least concerning French the 'speak to translate' option was very rough. I am fluent in French, and just got back from a year spent in Paris, so I'm quite sure that my pronunciation is spot on.. Yet even when I tried very simple sentences (like "I am American" or "You are from France") at different speeds, intonations, etc the number of correct word catches was maybe at 25%. And if I was in the real world needing this app, only getting 25% of my words translated would not be enough. Clearly.

    As far as the text translation goes, this is already included in the bundle "google" app for iPhone, so there is really no reason to have the additional google translate app taking up space (unless it is better at voice recognition for other languages).

    Im still very pro google though :) If only because I just discovered the sudoku solver app :)
  16. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    It kills me that Google has come out with Google Translate, Google Books, Google Earth, Google Places, Google Latitude, and Google Voice, but they have not yet released a GMail or Google Talk app! GMail may not be allowed but it would be SO simple for them to release a Google Talk app.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Jason - Have you checked out the "google" app? It has all that. It basically links you to a site, but its all in-app so its fairly fluid.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    What the ****???

    Stick with your phrase book. This POS translates LITERALLY (if it even understands you) which is completely wrong for translation.

    I said "Let's go to Karaoke", which it translated to "Let's go to cut out dick", which translated into japanese "Please Cut Penis".

    Talk about an unbelievable comedy slap in the face moment.

    My friend asked in native Japanese "Where is the nearest train station?" "Myouri no eki ha doko desu ka?" which it heard as "Myouri noeki WORD ko deshita" which translates to "The closest station is a child word."

    Needless to say, it's worthless, except maybe for parties and a good laugh.
  19. macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2010
    It does. Touch the little blue loudspeaker icon to the right of the translation.
  20. macrumors 6502

    I can't stand when someone says something is worthless... maybe to YOU it is, but it is obviously working for other people, therefore, not worthless.

    As for me, I am a native English speaker, a bad Italian and German speaker and an even worse Japanese speaker and so far it has translated everything I've said 100% accurately (which I was actually surprised with.)

    So maybe you and your friend have speech impediments or were drunk or ?
  21. macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
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  22. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    No offense, but if you speak Japanese poorly, you wouldn't know if it translated it right or not. I'm a professional Japanese translator, and Google Translate's rendition of Japanese, whether by text OR voice input, is very inaccurate.

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