The latest iteration of Google Translate comes ones step closer to bringing Douglas Adams’ ‘Babelfish’ idea to life.
The introduction of the Conversation Mode – only available with the English and Spanish languages at the time of writing – means that you can now speak to someone in your native tongue and have your words translated to their language.
They can then reply and it will be translated back to yours. It is a mind-boggling brilliant idea, and although far from flawless at this stage is a glimpse into the kind of technology that we’ll be taking for granted in just a couple of years time.
Text-based translation is still available in many languages, making this an essential travel tool. Note, though, that it does require a network connection to use.