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Android Wear update translates conversations on the fly

by Brandon Russell | August 20, 2015August 20, 2015 5:00 pm PST


As part of Google’s new Android Wear update, users can start taking advantage of Google’s excellent Translate software right from their wrist. Translate is built right into the new update—you don’t even need it on your phone—and supports 44 languages, so you shouldn’t be at a loss for words when you travel abroad.

All you need to do is speak into your watch, and be amazed by the real-time translation. I’m one of those dweebs who took a foreign language in high school but doesn’t remember a thing, so I find Translate immensely helpful.

Google says that when you speak into your watch, just flip your wrist to show the translation to a friend; when they respond in their own language, flip your wrist back, and you’ll see the translation of what they just said. Sounds easy enough. Translate will recognize and differentiate between different languages automatically. Just open the app, start a conversation, and talk as you normally would.

Combine Android Wear’s translation super powers with its recently gained interactive watch faces, and you have a pretty powerful smartwatch experience. The update will be available for all Android Wear devices, and should be rolling out over the next few weeks.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...