Going global? Avoid language barriers with Translator for BlackBerry 10

By Alicia Erlich on 2 Aug 2013 06:51 am EDT

Whether you are traveling for business or taking a personal vacation, language barriers can be an issue. If you are looking for a simple mobile solution for being able to translate speech and text on the go then this one will certainly help you if you're in another country.

One of the things we look for of course, with an application of this nature is usability. If I'm out of town, I don't want to be fidgeting or going through unnecessary clicks or menus. I'm happy to report that the interface, while uncomplicated, doesn't have a steep learning curve and gets the job done when you need it to. The layout allows users to not only translate from over fifty languages, either by inputting text, speaking the phrase, or scanning an image, but lets them choose which search engine to use. 

A benefit of the speech to text capability is that, in addition to recording yourself, you may record others as well including short phrases that may be difficult to understand. I find the software is able to recognize most words and patterns without any difficulty even with my New York accent. One of the features I find valuable is how you can export the speech files to your music folder as an mp3.

In the space provided, users can input their text, choose from one of the search engines shown, and then see the result displayed in the box below. Once it is shown, you can tap on dictionary and it will provide a definition using an online search or provide further context. For example, in my video above I had it translate "Hi, how are you." By tapping on that option, relevant searches the web (with sourcing) or exact definitions with uses and syllables are shown including proper pronunciation. Also, results can be shared or bookmarked for vewing later by tapping on the option in the overflow menu.

In addition, for those wishing to understand text (i.e. Magazines, newspapers, signs, etc.), for an in-app purchase of $2.99 USD there is an OCR function which scans images and translates into your native language. However you only receive one hundred counts, or scans for that purhcase. It also allows for scanned images from your existing media library to be used as well.

If you don't want the hassle of carrying around a phrase book be sure to give this a try. It is free to download and available for all BlackBerry 10 handsets. 

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Reader comments

Going global? Avoid language barriers with Translator for BlackBerry 10


Pretty good

I have a fever, and the only cure is more swiping, so this is posted via CB10 from my Z10

Never will purchase from mmmooo again.

I had download the free version of the translator and tried the OCR, was nice, but not perfect.

After I had used my free test translations I had purchase the pro version and at this time, there was no information about in app purchase again and so I thought cool free ocr.

I had purchase and see, nothing.. have to purchase again.

Same features like the free but had to pay :(

And don't know why. All of my revisions will removed shortly...

To bad..

I'm using the side load Google translator.

This is great and fast on 10.2

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Done... nice simple fast app to translate. I can save , take scan picture , share it which is awesome, I can bookmark, better then the translate Google app I have which I just deleted , plus its a good dictionary and most of all IT WORKS !!! all business for simple fast on the go !!

My impression is that you need an internet connection for this to work. When you are travelling this is not always possible.

For me I find that lots of study before the trip combined with a mini-dictionary works best. And friends who can help you out are even better!

Yea, not really useful a lot of the time. Needs a built in library for a select group of languages.

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Never fails that every time I've played a video directly from the CB site it either takes forever to load, doesn't load at all or I have to open YouTube myself and search for the video.

Nice! I'm learning Hindi, so glad to see it is one of the languages supported.

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Esta es la mejor app para traducir texto y voz. You can use this app to translate my opinion above.

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