Translation related Android applications -- III

August 11th, 2010
Three more translation related Android apps viz. Talk To Me, Spanish Translator and Star Translate are reviewed in this blog. These apps would be handy for people who are constantly traveling but some of them require direct access to internet. For professional translation jobs translation agency should to be contacted. Talk To Me Talk To Me is a real time speech to speech translator developed for Android 1.6 or above. It is available for free from the Android Market. Currently it can translate speech from English to French, Spanish, Italian, German and English (UK). It uses Google Translate and Android Text to Text translator (TTS) for operation. This translation app is very easy and fun to use. You just have to click on the microphone widget after installation and start speaking. After recording, the application plays back synthesized translation in the chosen language. The quality of speech recognition is remarkably good. For translations of more languages other than the ones mentioned above, text to text translations are available in 47 languages. Settings like changing the language, speech pitch and rate can be modified by the user. The translations can also send via SMS and email to others. Spanish Translator This Android app does two way translations from English to Spanish and vice versa. It requires live internet connection for operation and is available free of cost. It also has facility for sending the translation via SMS. The latest version supports landscape mode which allows droid keyboard to be used. This is one of the popular apps used for quick Spanish translation particularly while traveling. Star Translate This online translator developed by Star Object S.A. Luxembourg serves both as a translator as well as a dictionary. It can deliver several contextual meanings for a word and also translate text into another language. It supports many languages including French, Chinese, Arabic, Thai, Hindi, Vietnamese and Hebrew. Source and target languages can be swapped for each other. Voice translation is also possible. The translations are automatically put on clipboard by the app for easy access while sending emails, SMS etc. SMSes can be directly translated into one’s language of choice. The app also maintains a history of translations. Currently some languages like Japanese and Arabic are available in the translator part but not on the dictionary part as the latter is under development. Star Translate is based on Google translation services.

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