Google Translate has been available on the iPhone through an outside HTML5 experience for a couple of years now. Beginning today, the official app is available and comes packed full of features. Speak to translate yourself and listen to all of your past translations. For those of us who happen to occasionally (or often!) travel out of the country, this will come in mighty handy.
This new app will accept voice input for fifteen separate languages, and allows you to translate a word or phrase into any of more than fifty languages. To begin the voice input, you only have to press the little microphone icon next to your text box. Speak your words and get ready to translate! Other app features include:
- Listen to Translations – You can also listen to your translations spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages. This feature uses the same new speech synthesizer voices as the desktop version of Google Translate.
- Full-Screen Mode – Another feature that might come in handy is the ability to easily enlarge the translated text to full-screen size. This way, it’s much easier to read the text on the screen, or show the translation to the person you are communicating with. Just tap on the zoom icon to quickly zoom in.
The app gives you all of the major features that the web app had, including the ability to easily view dictionary results for single words. You can also access your starred translations and translation history even if you aren’t online.