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Trippo Mondo - Voice Translator

Yan Matusevich
5

 I have yet to have come across a voice translator app on the Android Market. I have seen the occasional online translator program that can read words and sentences around, but according to its market description Trippo offers much more than that:

Trippo translates any given phrase and speaks it out with local language. More than 30 languages supported. Never again language problems, wherever you travel!

3 ★★★☆☆

Rating

Tested version Latest version
1.1.5 1.1.5

Features & Use

The speech feature is not an add-on, but rather the main feature of Trippo. The app’s market description may be a bit deceiving since not all languages have equal speech support. When translating from English, for example, more languages have a text-to-speech function than when translating from German. In general, the text-to-speech function is a bit better than your regular TTS engine. The spoken English is easy to understand, which cannot be said about French or German. Sometimes single words are more comprehensible than full sentences. The translation is done online so that the voices heard are actually real. The quality of the voices, however, is not exactly great.

As far as the actual written translation is concerned, Trippo does a fairly good job. Individual words as well as short phrases were translated correctly for the most part. Obviously, I couldn’t test all the languages but the results were satisfactory with French, German, Russian and Polish.
Trippo can be helpful, but doesn’t quite live up to its over-the-top market description. Three stars is as much as this app deserves.

Screen & Controls

Trippo’s controls are about as simple as it gets. Select a language from a list on the top and then do the same for the language you would like to translate to. Finally, you can enter a sentence or word into a text box. Using the Translate and Speak buttons you can start the translating process. The translation results are read and/or displayed to you at the bottom of the screen. You can forward your translation (via SMS, Twitter or Email) by clicking on the envelope icon.

By pressing the menu button, you can access a Help section and adjust the voice speed in the settings.

Bottom Line:

Trippo controls are limited to the bare minimum, but work really well. Trippo’s simple design made a good impression on me.

Speed & Stability

Trippo ran smoothly on both the Milestone and the G1. The audio files take longer to load when using GPRS rather than Wi-Fi. 

Price/Performance Ratio

Trippo can be downloaded for free from the Android Market. 

Screenshots

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Comparable Apps

No comparable apps are currently known to us. If you happen to know one, it would be great if you could get in touch with us.

Developer

Kimmo Sainio

Cellictica develops magical apps using speech technologies.

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Comments

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  • justJay Jun 27, 2010 Link

    I use "talk to me" app personally.. but I'll check it out.

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  • Kimmo Sainio Jun 28, 2010 Link

    Good review! I am from the developer company and we'll take this feedback and try to bring a version with more stars.

    Good anyone advice how I can publish our flagship with speech-to-speech translations on Android. It has been ready for 2 months, but a Finnish company can't have paid apps in Android. Would one of your companies launch it ?

    Kimmo

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  • justJay Jun 29, 2010 Link

    Ok.. got around to testing this app.. I liked the layout.. the country flags is a nice touch.. but the main thing I don't like is that you have to type what you want translated.. on the app I've been using "talk to me" you can speak what you want translated... and then it will speak what you said in the other language once translated.

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  • Ben Foster Jun 29, 2010 Link

    I agree with justJay. The title is very misleading because this app isn't an actual voice translator. It's just like google translate with a speech function. Nothing interesting.

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  • todd patterson Jul 1, 2010 Link

    I can load the app for you if we can work out an agrement|fee

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