Parlez-vous iPhone? “Oui, oui” sez Google Translate.

With the iPhone having Web capabilities — and Google offering a Web-based translation service — you’d think using your iPhone to ask "Where’s the men’s room?" in a variety of languages would be a breeze, no?

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No, indeed.  As

But because he’s a software etc., Hutchinson hunkered down with a fellow programmer from the London office and coded up an iPhone interface for Google Translate.  It’s actually a browsable option on Google, so there’s no software to download/install.

Sez Hutch, "Google Translate for iPhone is optimized for speed, supports all of the
existing Google Translate language pairs, and uses a client-side
data-store on your iPhone to hang on to your past translations so you always have them at hand, even if you can’t use the local data network."  Testing it on a trip to Austria and Italy, he found he could get between 200 and 400 translations in 1MB of data download, which amounted to about 400 phrases for less than $10 when roaming internationally.  (As usual, your mileage may vary.)

To access the iPhone version of Google Translate, go to www.google.com and choose the "more" tab, or go directly to translate.google.com in your browser.

[Via Official Google Mobile Blog]

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