In January, Google Translate for Android gained “Conversation Mode,” a way to speak into your phone and have it speak back in a different language. Today, Google’s expanded the number of languages supported.
Originally, the tool only supported English-to-Spanish translation (or vice versa). Now, Google says 14 languages in all are covered: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
The announcement comes a day before the iPhone 4S will be arriving to the public, with its vaunted Siri spoken assistant. Don’t confuse the two.
Google Translate is designed to translate from one language to another, which is pretty cool. The Siri assistant is designed to help you more easily search for things and complete tasks by speaking, which is also cool, but a different type of cool.
Google’s posted a video explaining more about how the translation works:
To use the feature, search for “Google Translate” in the Android Market on your particular phone. It can also be found here.