Google Translate App is a feature-rich translation tool designed to break down language barriers. It enables users to translate text between 108 different languages by typing. Users can also leverage the 'Tap to Translate' feature to translate any copied text in any app. The app also has an offline mode that allows translations in 59 languages without an internet connection. Other features include instant camera translation in 94 languages, photo translations in 90 languages, on-the-fly bilingual conversation translations in 70 languages, and handwriting translation in 96 languages. There's also a phrasebook that lets users star and save translated words and phrases for future reference in all languages. The 'Transcribe' feature allows users to continuously translate someone speaking a different language in near real-time in 8 languages. Users can also log in to sync their phrasebook between the app and desktop.
However, Google Translate App may ask for certain permissions including microphone for speech translation, camera for translating text via the camera, external storage for downloading offline translation data, and contacts for account setup and management.
Users appreciate the Google Translate App for its versatility and ease of use. However, there have been some criticisms. One user remarked on the lack of organization in the phrasebook, especially in marking between different languages, and suggested the ability to make notes about words added to the phrasebook. Another user pointed out that the user interface could be improved, particularly around the need to hide the keyboard to reverse translate or copy text, and the need for a longer microphone open time. Yet another user praised the app for its ease of use and translation accuracy, which was estimated at around 90% or better, but pointed out that the process for saving conversations wasn't intuitive.
The Google Translate App is easy to download and set up. After downloading the app, the user is asked to choose their primary language and the language they translate most often. Users can also download languages for offline use, provided they are connected to a Wi-Fi network by default.
Once the app is set up, users can download languages to use offline. This lets them translate without an internet connection. Users can also update or remove downloaded languages whenever necessary.
The Google Translate App allows users to translate text in images either from images they've captured or by pointing their camera at the text. The app even allows users to select specific sections of an image to translate. Once translated, users can copy the text, have it read aloud, or send it to Translate Home for more information. They can also use camera translations offline by downloading the languages they want to translate.
The Google Translate App also allows users to have bilingual conversations in real-time. Users can start a conversation, enter text conversation mode, and translate either spoken or written phrases.