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Google Translate Gets Voice Input

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Google Translate has become the first application that uses Google's HTML speech input API.

If you are using either Chrome 11 Beta or a Chrome 12 Developer / Canary version, you will notice a small microphone icon on the lower right of the translate window (we hear that this is a limited rollout and not all users are going to see this feature.)

That is actually not a bad idea as I found the feature not to work very well across different languages and only simple phrases were detected correctly. A similar features was released for Android has been available for some time, but was recently updated to support 15 different languages for voice input (new listening languages include Japanese, Arabic and Korean). Overall support now covers 58 languages, Google said.

The desktop version, by the way, only works for input in English and there is no voice output.  

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    dogofwars , April 15, 2011 11:56 PM
    That would be nice
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    thejerk , April 15, 2011 11:57 PM
    "A similar features was released for Android has been available for some time..."

    I'm guessing you used the service to write this sentence. Well done.
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    applegetsmelaid , April 16, 2011 12:02 AM
    This would be great if you need to know what something means in another language but don't feel like typing.
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    dalethepcman , April 16, 2011 12:54 AM
    Google toma la idea de Babelfish y le da una mejora.

    Το Google παίρνει την ιδέα Babelfish και της δίνει μια βελτίωση.

    Google prend l'idée de Babelfish et lui donne une mise à niveau.

    Google takes the idea of Babel Fish and gives it an upgrade.
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    virtualban , April 18, 2011 3:26 PM
    Wow, 9 spam mails in a row... that's a record from what I see.

    Fellow readers of Tom's Hardware. Please vote for my idea on our help to the community dear to us.
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    virtualban , April 18, 2011 3:27 PM
    I meant *spam comments*, still a record from what I have seen so far in Tom's
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