by Kristina Stoyanova | September 19, 2015 10:15 am
iOS, Android | Free
Although Google Translate is the go-to app for language translations, Microsoft’s Translator app offers something new: a smartwatch app. Microsoft Translator launched in August and is available for the Apple Watch and Android Wear. It also has a smartphone companion app, making it easy to get language translations in any situation.
Using a smartwatch, you can speak to get instant translations in fifty languages. The app will speak translations for you if you’re not sure how to pronounce them. It also lets you bookmark translations so you can refer to them easily in the future. In addition to these features, you can type words or phrases into the smartphone app. This is especially useful you’re in a loud coffee shop or restaurant.
If you’re comparing Microsoft Translator to Google Translate, you might find the apps to be quite similar. Although Google Translate offers more languages (90 versus 50), you’ll find that both cover the most widespread languages. When it comes to accuracy, Microsoft Translator seems to be a bit more accurate. However, Microsoft Translator is missing the ability to translate signs and text using your phone’s camera.
At the end of the day, if you’re simply planning on using the smartphone app, you could go either way. In that case, you might want to test out both apps and decide which one you like best. However, if you have a smartwatch, the Microsoft Translator app is your best bet.
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