Talk to your phone if you want to speak another language

Google has released the official Google Translate for iPhone app, giving smartphone users the ability to "speak to translate" and have their translation spoken out loud for them in one of 23 different languages.

The app provides features not found on the Google Translate HTML5 web app that has been available for iPhone users since August 2008.

The app supports a full screen mode that enlarges the translated text, making it easier to "show the translation to the person you are communicating with," says Google in its February 8 blog post.

The text-to-speech feature uses the new speech synthesizer voices Google introduced on the desktop version of Google Translate in December 2010.

While it doesn't yet translate text found within images like rival iPhone app Word Lens, Google's Translate for iPhone will prove invaluable for travelers and those who want to quickly translate basic phrases.

Google Translate is free in the iTunes App store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-lens/id383463868?mt=8

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