The overall new look is a welcome change to the older clunkier Translate. Changes to the appearance of the app include “better dropdown boxes to help select the languages you want to translate from and into, an improved input box, and cleaner icons and layout.”
Among being able to use the dictionary, text-to-speech, voice input, and SMS translation, Google has added the ability to romanize non-roman scripts along with an experimental Spanish to English (and vice versa) conversation mode view -
“In conversation mode, simply press the microphone for your language and start speaking. Google Translate will translate your speech and read the translation out loud. Your conversation partner can then respond in their language, and you’ll hear the translation spoken back to you.”
Conversation mode is impressive for being in an alpha stage, but after just a few minutes playing around with it, the function clearly needs a lot of work.
To download the new Google Translate, search the Market, scan the QR code below, or click the Market link from your Android device.