Today FREE iPhone App of the day is Microsoft Translator.
What is this app about?
Like it’s name: Microsoft Translator, it’s a translator app – translating from one language to other language, newly built by Microsoft.
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Once the app is started, you’ll see 4 icons: they are (clockwise) Mic, Conversation, Photo and Keyboard icons.
Mic icon: Tap on this icon for the app start listening to your voice. Choose both from and to language, then speak to the app and the app will start translating. Unfortunately, the app won’t read you the translation.
Conversation icon: Tap on this icon to start conversation between 2 languages. For example between English and Simplified Chinese: Tap on the mic icon to start speaking, once done, the app will automatically translated to the other language and vice versa.
The drawback of this feature is the languages the app can listen and translate are still limited. Not all languages is supported yet. And compared to Google Translate app, this app requires you to press the mic correctly when you want to speak to be translated. And the translation result, you need to read it by yourself as the app won’t speak it for you.
Photo icon: Tap on this icon if you want to snap a photo (or get from existing photo), to be translated.
Good thing is that, the app will auto detect the language on the photo and translate it to the language of your choice. On my test, the result is good, it can translate 90% of the text correctly.
Keyboard icon: Tap on this icon if you want to key in the text and have it translated. Like the ‘Photo’ feature, this ‘Keyboard’ feature also can detect the language you are typing in and translate it to the language of your choice.
Microsoft Translator when compared to its direct and long standing competitor: Google Translator, is still far from perfect as Microsoft still needs to keep adding support to more languages (written and spoken), supports auto detect languages and needs to catch up with the translation speed as I notice, Microsoft Translator still needs 1-2 seconds more to translate compare to Google Translate.
But from the UI side, I can say Microsoft Translator UI is better compared to Google Translate.
>> Price Totally FREE
>> Internet Connection required Yes
>> Requires iOS 8.0 or later
>> Apple Watch App Support Yes
>> Compatible with the following iOS devices:
- iPhone 4S and up, compatible with iPhone 6S
- iPod Touch 5th Gen and up
- iPad 2 and up
- iPad Mini and up
- iPad Pro
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