Getting the right translation app for your needs is important. There are so many out there and some are better than others. Here at AndroidPIT, we've tried out many translation apps for different purposes and compiled the best into one list. Here are the five best translation apps for Android.
If your translation needs are best suited by an interface that is really simple, fast and easy to navigate, then Language Translator by La Clave Gandora is your best bet. This app was developed for ease-of-use and quick translations. It's great if you are a beginner because has only two translation functions, typing and speaking.
Language Translator makes it really easy to get from one language to another on mobile. The buttons are relatively large and have flags next to them so you can easily distinguish between the languages. The font size is large and that makes it easy to see your translations. It's rated highly (4.4) on Google Play with over a million downloads.
PONS Online Dictionary is a dictionary with translator functions. That's why it is able to give you in-depth descriptions of words. Words don't just have one meaning and PONS gives you a few options on a simple interface. For example, the word 'current' could mean 'electrical current' or 'new' and could appear as a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. You need to find out which way the word is meant to be used in order to get the right translation and PONS helps you decide.
PONS is also great for teaching you phrases to use with your individual words and translating them so you can use them properly in context. For instance, a suggested phrase for 'current' is 'this version is current,' which is immediately translated on the other half of the screen. This gives you a better understanding of the word in both languages.
Translate voice only has a few functions but it does voice recognition the best of any of the apps we could find. You can say a word or read an entire paragraph and the app keeps up with you. This is dependent on your smartphone's voice recognition capabilities, so results could vary.
Translate voice has the best voice recognition of any translation app.
This app is especially helpful for when you are in social situations where typing is impractical. Often, when we need to communicate a complicated idea with a language barrier, we are unable to get the idea across. With Translate voice you can say these difficult sentences and then play them aloud to the person in their language.
Translate voice is limited by its number of usable functions. If you need something that is more thorough in its translation services, you should probably try one of the other apps down this list.
If you need a sentence or two translated then iTranslate will give you the most accurate results. It is equipped to handle over 90 languages, and though this is just a small fraction of the total languages in the world, it will be useful in the majority of translation situations you may find yourself in.
iTranslate is the best for typing or copying text. The swipe feature quickly copies blocks of text and translates them effortlessly. If you find something in your translation that you may need later, you can save it in your favorites.
While the voice recognition is not the best, it does have an amazing audio function that can read back translations in different dialects. For instance, you can choose between British, American and Australian English. You can also have the text read back to you more slowly.
Google Translate is the standard translation app for most functions. Google Translate is quite accurate and has a ton of features. If you need an app that does everything you need, plus things you never thought you needed, then Google Translate is the ticket. It's very popular with over 100 million downloads and a solid 4.4 rating on Google Play.
If you need a solid multi-function translation app, then Google Translate is your best bet.
The type-translate function currently supports 90 languages. All of these languages are supported if you want to take a picture and have it translated or use your finger to write the words. But if you want to use the two-way automatic voice translation, you are limited to 40 languages.
The coolest feature you probably didn't think you needed (until after you try it) is the instant camera text translation. It is limited to 26 languages but that does not mean that it is a limited feature. This function is incredible and you will be amazed at how many instances where this is comes in handy. You can instantly translate public transportation schedules, warning signs, menus and many more. The size or font of the text does not matter, Google Translate will recognize it and instantly translate it.