Features & Use
Google Translate offers basically all of the same features as the online tool on your computer.
You can translate words and texts between the following languages:
In comparison to the browser version, there are a couple of languages missing. On the bright side, the Android app let’s you do text-to-speech translations, where your translations are read directly out loud to you. I tried out translating different sentences from foreign languages to English and came up with pretty good results. The German sentence “Das Zimmermädchen war noch nicht da” was translated correctly as “the hotel room girl was no there”. The app obviously had a difficult time translating expressions. The English idiomatic expression “I’m sick of working” was translated into as “Ich bin krank arbeiten”, which literally means “I’m working while being sick”.
Another cool feature let’s you look back at all of your previous searches and mark some as favorites. You can do both of these things offline, as well.
As far as the translations are concerned, they are of the same quality as the browser version. Some of the translations are brilliant, whereas others are way off. Here is an example:
A German text message containing the following information:
Lieber Tchibo mobil Kunde, herzlich Willkommen in Österreich. Sie können hier wie gewohnt Ihre Mailbox einfach und bequem unter 333 erreichen.
was translated into extremely awkward English:
Tchibo mobil dear customer, welcome in Austrian. They can normally reach their mailbox easily and conveniently at 333rd
The option of translating text messages is another awesome feature included with the Android-version of this translation tool. You can select a text message from your inbox using Google Translate.
Google Translate can be a really useful tool to have. I just wouldn’t trust the app to translate longer sentences correctly. The text-to-speech feature worked really well during the test, but you have to be careful of bad translations
Screen & Controls
Using Google Translate is really simple. Simply enter a search term or text at the top of the screen in order to get a translation. Underneath the search box is button, which let’s you adjust the language selection. Once you’ve searched for something, the same language combination is used by default for future translations. You can also reverse the language order by pressing a button to the left of language selection.
In the middle of your screen you’ll see a “Starred” and “History” section. All of your previous searches are listed in the history and all of your favorites in the starred section. Click on a small star next to a translation in order to add it to Starred.
When looking at your starred translation or your history, you have the following options via the menu button:
By pressing the speaker icon you can have a translation read out loud. Pressing the menu button give the following options:
Send (Text Message, Email, Twitter, etc.)
In your settings you can:
Install Text-to-Speech option
Activate Rich Dictionary
Activate Google Suggest
The app deserves four stars in terms of controls and design. Everything works great!
Speed & Stability
Perfect performance. No problems!
Google Translate can be downloaded for free