After a long time today, I visited Google translate page. I was pleasantly surprised to see the new interface and the changes made to the translate page. I have to acknowledge -- I am impressed.
First change is the UI. It is plain and simple.
On the left side, you'll see a free-form text-box with options to detect a language or to select a language from the drop-down menu to translate it to. The pleasing thing for me that I never saw before was the addition of “Detect language”. I am positive that this feature was included after the advert of Social media like Twitter and Facebook. On the right side, you'll see the languages supported to translate websites. At the bottom of the free-form text-box, you also get an option to convert a document. All are great additions to Google Translate.
Today, I received a comment for one of my post in a foreign language, I was not aware off. That triggered the whole process to revisit Google translate page. I just copied the text and it detected the language along with the text on the right side. I tried couple of languages that I knew to test it.
Here are the results.
I use an Android phone and I do see speech to text is improving and Google is pushing the envelope further and further by providing rich features for consumers.