Google Translate gets voice recognition for Hindi and seven other Indian languages

Google has rolled out an update for its Translate Android app, that aims to make the app a lot easier to use in India. Google Translate v 3.0.6 adds spoken translation support for Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, covering the major languages in the country.


The update allows native speakers of Hindi and the seven other languages to speak directly into the app and get a translation in text format in any of the other supported languages. Earlier one could input text in these Indian languages, but the latest update adds the crucial voice recognition for these languages.


In addition to the language updates, Translates has changed a few of the settings and UI elements. Help and feedback have been clubbed together, while the the product tour option has disappeared as a default (you can still fire it up separately, if you are lost).


For power users, the app will show you exactly how heavy each language pack is, so you can choose to get it on the go or wait for Wi-Fi. This is also handy for those conscious of the phone's internal storage. The app also indicates when a language pack download is ongoing.

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