Google Developing Speech-to-Speech Translation for Mobile Phones

Times Online reports that, Google is developing “speech-to-speech translation” software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly. The basic system is expected to be ready within a couple of years.

Google already has a web based automatic translation tool for translating text on computers and so far it covers 52 languages. Google also has a voice recognition system that enables phone users to conduct web searches by speaking commands into their phones rather than typing them in. The new technology combines these two technologies to produce software capable of understanding a caller’s voice and translating it into a synthetic equivalent in a foreign language.


  1. As an interpreter and translator I know from all past expereience that all translation systems tried so far have never worked. The problem is that they’re mostly used bythose who only speak one of the two languages concerned and therefore do not even have the slightest idea how misleading those “translation” often are.

  2. Translation software has come a long way in the last few years so I’m not surprised to hear about this. Between some languages it might actually work reasonably soon.

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