Microsoft Translator Update Adds Quick Access Phrases & More

There is a multitude of uses for your smartphone nowadays and in many ways, it has replaced many of the other things you might have carried around with you. For instance, mobile payments seems to be slowly changing the need to carry cash and even cards with you. Which is something that is likely to be especially useful when travelling abroad. As is the various translator features you can now access from your smartphone, which in many respects now negates the need to carry various travel translation companions.

For most, Google Translate is likely to be the most commonly encountered and used translator tool. However, it is certainly not the only one and one option which seems to be consistently pushing out updates and introducing new features is Microsoft’s option, Translator. For those new to Translator, this is an Android app which is very similar to Google Translate but one which does make use of some more novel features. Speaking of which, the app has now just received a fairly decent update which brings with it improvements to the actual main feature, translating content.

According to the changelog and in addition to the obligatory ‘bug fixes’, the latest update also now includes the ability to change the voice you hear which reads out the translation. A more useful feature being included is the adding of ‘alternative translations’, which should prove useful when there is context being applied to a certain word. This particular feature is one which is listed to now be available in 100 language pairs. Another new and useful feature is the inclusion of quick access to key phrases. According to the details, some of the more commonly encountered or needed phrases will now be even easier to access from the home screen and will be available in more than fifty languages. So no more digging or typing to find the right translation for where is the washroom.

As mentioned, the update does already seem to be en route to devices and is already being listed on the Google Play Store app page, so if you have the app installed you should see the update arriving soon enough. For those interested in giving Translator a try, head over to the Google Play Store to download a copy.

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