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App Translates Phone Conversations In Real-Time

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Japan-based company NTT DOCOMO has announced the launch of a mobile app that will be able to translate phone conversations—between people speaking different languages—in real-time.

The first of its kind in the world, ‘Hanashite Hon’yaku’ aims to provide a quick and easy-to-use translation service for phone calls—much like what Google Translate is doing with web-based text.

By making a call via the app, users are able to have their speech instantly translated into the language of the recipient.


According to Springwise, the app “automatically detects what languages are being spoken before providing instant text translations—users have the option to see on-screen text translations or have the voice engine provide an audio version”.

The app can also be used to translate face-to-face conversations if users speak close to the phone.

To be rolled out for Android users on 1 November 2012, the app is currently able to translate between Japanese, Chinese, English and Korean—although the company hopes to add French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai by the end of the year.

[via NTT DOCOMO, image via Springwise]
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