Microsoft Translator adds real-time conversations to mobile apps and wearables

Traveling to another country where you don’t speak the local language just got a lot easier. Microsoft has developed synchronous translation for its apps on Android, Android Wear, iOS and Apple Watch. The technology is based on the same machine-learning engine used by Skype Translator, Word Online and the Office desktop suite of apps.

Here’s how it works: You open Microsoft Translator on both your wearable and your phone, then hand your phone to your conversation partner. One person can then talk into their device, after which their partner will see the translated text on their device; it works both ways, too. Microsoft created the animation below to illustrate how easy it is:

The new conversation feature doesn't yet support all 50 languages used by the basic features of the Microsoft Translator app. For now, real-time translation only covers a subset of languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese Simplified and Traditional.

Microsoft launched Translator apps for Apple Watch and Android Wear back in August, but there's still no mention of future support for additional wearable platforms, including Microsoft Band and Tizen for the Samsung Gear S2. There's also no news on whether these new features will arrive for Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone.

You can download the app using the following links: Apple App Store and Google Play

Source: Microsoft Translator team blog

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