Microsoft Launches Translator For Amazon Fire Tablets

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Microsoft's Translator app has been available on Android for a while, but it's only been optimized for smartphones. Today the Translator app is being updated with a few new changes, and one of those changes is optimization on tablet devices. This new optimization for tablet use should help it display better to users who have wanted to install it on a device with a bigger screen. In addition to the tablet screen optimization of the app, Microsoft also notes that Translator has now officially been launched for Amazon's lineup of Fire tablets, and the app can be downloaded and installed from the Amazon Underground app store.

The Amazon Fire version of the app looks to have all of the same features as the Android version, allowing users to translate the world around them including images, text, and conversations. No matter what format of language you're translating, Microsoft reminds users that making sure they remember to download the right language packs for wherever they're traveling is a must, as without these they won't be able to properly translate any text or images. Perhaps more useful, though, is the conversations feature which will allow you to speak more naturally with locals in the area, providing a way for you to ask questions that they will understand so they can respond back with a proper answer. It's worth mentioning that the conversations feature requires the user to have an internet connection, so this is likely to be of limited use unless you plan to have a constant connection.

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Translating text on things like street signs and menus is much more simple, as no connection is needed, and all users have to do is take a picture of the text and then translate it within the app in seconds. Microsoft's launch of Translator onto the Amazon Fire tablets follows a recent update to the Android version of the app back in April which initially introduced the image text translation functionality, which currently supports 21 different languages in total, although Microsoft does plan to add more in the future. Microsoft Translator is free, and if you still don't have the app on Android, you can pick it up from the Play Store.

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