According to the New York Times, Google has been reported that it’s planning to announce a major update to their Google Translate App for Android and likely iOS soon. This update would enable real-time, automated translation. More than likely, Google is trying to get in on the real-time translation game, similar to what is going on with the Microsoft Translate Skype real-time translation demo that was shown a number of months ago.
If this update is what we’re expecting, this will let Google Translate automatically recognize when some speaks a specific language, and then translate it into written translated text for the user on the other end.
How many languages will this work with when the update goes live, we still don’t know yet. But it’s believed that it will work on many “popular” languages.
You can see a video of the Microsoft Skype translator in action over here.