Google Translate (App Store)
Google Translate received its first update today since its release as a native iOS application last February. It fixes several bugs, adds Latin support and, much more interesting, the automatic language detection and offers us the possibility to specify the dialect for voice input in English, Chinese and Spanish.
This last novelty is undoubtedly the most interesting since, for example, in the case of Spanish, it allows you to fine-tune voice recognition by choosing from one of the available variants: Argentina, Latin America, Mexico and Spain. I don’t know if it’s my lucky day or not but I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the voice input (which was already good), transcribing perfectly every word and phrase I’ve been saying in the middle of the street with a moderate ambient noise (as you can see in one of the screenshots above, the people from Google have not yet entered Apple in their dictionary and transcribed it as it is pronounced but it’s a small mistake that I’m willing to forgive them… for now).
Like the other Mountain View kids’ apps, the app is completely free and available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. Hopefully, the next version will offer a visualization that takes advantage of the dimensions of the iPad to, I suddenly thought, keep a list of recent searches as a reference in a column. In any case, we absolutely recommend it.