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Google has released an iPhone version of Google Translate. Google Translate is a service that translates text between languages using computer algorithms and while its accuracy has room for improvement, it is generally accurate enough to get simple points across when no other resources are available.


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Google Translate for iPhone is optimized for speed, supports all of the existing Google Translate language pairs, and uses a client-side data-store on your iPhone to hang on to your past translations so you always have them at hand, even if you can't use the local data network. We wrote this using the AJAX Language API, so every time the Google Translate team updates the languages they support, the languages will automatically be added here.

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carlosbutler

macrumors 6502a
Feb 24, 2008
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London City
bit iffy

im surprised the translations, at least those on the image are that bad. even altavista's babelfish is better than that. bit useless i think - easier to have a link on the home screen to the av website
 

mikes63737

macrumors 65816
Jul 26, 2005
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Yeah, those translations are definitely grammatically wrong.

But it's pretty good when you're just looking up one word. I'm glad this page will load faster on my iPhone for Spanish class where we only have EDGE.
 

Scooterman1

macrumors 6502a
May 15, 2008
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Houston, Tx
Useless. They need to read Macrumors. People don't want to run up a high Data Bill while in another country. They need to develop one into a low cost App.
 

maverick808

macrumors 65816
Jun 30, 2004
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Scotland
Without caching translation info locally this application is completely pointless. Who is going to want to run up massive data costs while abroad?
 

OneMike

macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
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ah it's a webapp. was going to say it's good but if a webapp have to compare to babelfish and in that case it's not as good.
 

BornAgainMac

macrumors 604
Feb 4, 2004
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Florida Resident
I converted some Chinese symbols on a web page to English and it actually did a good job. I didn't use my iPhone but just a PC and a web browser though. I can't draw Chinese symbols.
 

Rojo

macrumors 65816
Sep 26, 2006
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Barcelona
Even though it's far from exact, I use Google Translate a lot to translate chunks of text I find on the web or in other documents. However, with no copy & paste yet, this is useless for me...
 

iThink4U

macrumors newbie
Aug 12, 2008
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English to LOLCat to Spanish Dictionary

Sounds more like a LOLcat.

I can has a grand coffez pleaze ? :D
 

kolax

macrumors G3
Mar 20, 2007
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If they made it into an actual application (could be quite big, depending on how many dictionaries they include) it would be useful.

Even if there is grammar errors, if you were in a sticky situation and didn't speak the language, it'll definitely help.
 

freediverdude

macrumors 6502a
Dec 26, 2006
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What would really come in handy for tourists, is if they made something like this and added on text-to-speech. So, you could type in "I want a double cheeseburger" and the iPhone actually speaks the phrase in the foreign language for you. Star Trek universal translator! hehe That would be indispensable for a lot of tourists, they could charge quite a bit for that.
 

iThink4U

macrumors newbie
Aug 12, 2008
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What would really come in handy for tourists, is if they made something like this and added on text-to-speech. So, you could type in "I want a double cheeseburger" and the iPhone actually speaks the phrase in the foreign language for you. Star Trek universal translator! hehe That would be indispensable for a lot of tourists, they could charge quite a bit for that.

That would be great, is it posible since the iPhone is Leopard ?:rolleyes:
 
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