International travelers can put away the pocket bilingual dictionaries. Packaged along with Thursday's glitz announcing Samsung's new Galaxy S 4 smartphone was an instant translator function.
The Galaxy S 4 includes Samsung's "S Translator" feature, which lets you instantly translate your email or text messages, using text or voice translation. The feature can do language translation from both speech-to-text and text-to-speech.
At Thursday's unveiling event in New York City, Samsung executive JK Shin praised the feature on stage saying it will connect users with friends without a language barrier. Later on stage, actors demonstrated a hypothetical English-speaking traveler in China getting directions translated from a man speaking in Chinese.