Google Translate Updated to Support Conversation Mode

Google celebrates random things, especially when it has to do with applications or software they've created. For example, Google Translate has officially been available in the Android Market for one whole year now this month. Which means that it is the application's birthday. To celebrate this, Google has updated the application with a massive feature set, now including what they're calling Conversation Mode.

The new Conversation Mode is meant to make it possible for someone to have a conversation, while slightly delayed, with someone who speaks a different language. It's built as a real-time translation tool. You speak, it will translate for the other person, and vice versa. The technology inside isn't instantaneous, though, but it's quick enough that using the software would be worth it, versus having no idea what the other person is talking about, and trying to figure it out in some other, perhaps book-bound fashion.

Accessing Conversation Mode is easy enough. Just translate something initially, and then the mode will pop up as an option. From there, you'll be able to have a conversation with someone speaking another language. You can watch a demo of the technology at IFA last year, in the video below. The update is available in the Android Market right now.

[via Android Community]