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Google has launched the official Google Translate for iPhone app. The new application is available for download from the Apple App Store globally. Google’s software engineer, Wenzhang Zhu writes, “the new app has all of the features of the web app, plus some significant new additions designed to improve your overall translation experience.”
New features allows the user to speak directly into the phone by pressing the microphone icon next to the text box. The app “accepts voice input for 15 languages, and – just like the web app – you can translate a word or phrase into one of more than 50 languages,” said Zhu.
Google Translate for iPhone uses the same speech synthesizing technology as the desktop version which was released last month. This means users can also listen to their translations spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages.
Google has added a new full-screen mode which gives the user 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,” added Zhu.
Zhu also noted that the search gaint has kept major features from the web app as well including, “the ability to view dictionary results for single words, access your starred translations and translation history even when offline, and support romanized text like Pinyin and Romaji.”