A fresh version of Google Translate hit the Market today. Conversation mode (direct speech to speech translation) now works in 14 languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.  Also new is a personal dictionary, the ability to correct voice input before having it translated, and pinch zoom support for getting a close up of the translated text (Chinese symbols can get surprisingly complicated).

Update: Google's finally got with the program and made an official blog post.

Google has helpfully provided a video:

Notice anything about the voice in the video? It's not the usual scary robot voice. Google has switched to a cloud based text to speech system - it doesn't use Android's built in TTS at all. I wonder if Google will eventually dump from client side TTS entirely, because this sounds way better.

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Even if you have no use for translation, try out the app. It's worth it for that "holy crap, I'm living in the future" feeling.

via thisismynext.com