Your Daily AppGratis: Voice Translator

Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Frisky Misc, iPhone, Mobile

Every day, TriplePoint client AppGratis locates an app that they think ought to be free for a day. We download and take a look for ourselves to let you know what awaits you – why not? It’s free.

Once in a while, you find an app with no room for guessing; a program whose contents are exactly what is stated in the title. Today’s straightforward app is Voice Translator, temporarily made free by AppGratis. It is a translation app that listens to your voice, translates your words into the language of your choice, and reads them back to you. Description over!

All right, to be fair, there are a couple of extras in Voice Translator that make it more than just a shortcut to Babelfish. Behind the fairly bare-bones UI is a pretty good selection of languages, from Afrikaans to Turkish, and some impressive voice recognition. I like to think I’m a fairly eloquent speaker, but the app was able to pick up “I would like to eat a sandwich” while I was walking past a busy freeway, and spit out the Hebrew translation moments later. It also has the vocabulary to know when to censor profanity, which I was unable to resist trying. (Apparently #### in English translates to #### in French. Who knew?)

Also, while the app never explicitly mentions this, it helpfully stores your last several translations for you — just try swiping down on the current translation to scroll back up. A helpful feature if you’ll be asking directions frequently while abroad.

Did you know that “Gratis” translates to “free?” Because that’s how much the app costs today through AppGratis.

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