Private Investigator App Review: How to Use Google Translate

Private Investigator App Review: How to Use Google Translate

In the world of private investigations, mobile apps have the potential to make life much easier for private investigators. Applications that run on mobile devices are extremely helpful for private investigators because they can go wherever the detective goes. No need to lug around a computer or laptop, just keep a cell phone in your pocket and an extensive array of computing power is right at your fingertips.

Since an investigation case may lead a detective around the world, a language translation app could be one of the most indispensable apps a private detective may use. A translator app on your mobile device it is like having your own personal interpreter with you at all times. The days where having to search through a bulky dictionary are a thing of the past. This article focuses specifically on the Google Translate App, which allows people from all walks of life, including private detectives, overcome language barriers and communicate with people around the globe.

Download and Installation

The first step is to download and install the device on your mobile device or tablet. For both Android and IOS, the download is simple and fast, and installs with one click.

Google translator for Android devices is available as a free download and can safely be downloaded from Google Play. Also, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate to access the details directly.

To download the iPhone version of Google Translator, visit iTunes or go directly to https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8#

How to Use the Google Translate App

With the Google Translate app, you have the ability to do more than type in text and translate it into another language. You can also use your camera to take a photograph of text and use the app to translate it to the appropriate language. In addition, you can also speak aloud directly in the microphone. Or, an even better approach is to have the person speaking the foreign language to speak into the phone. The translate tool will then respond with the translated information.

The translation tool is straightforward and easy to use. After downloading the app per the instructions above, click on the icon to open the application on your phone or tablet. At the top of the screen is a drop down menu that allows you to select either Translate, Favorites, History, and Conversation.  Below this are the language selections.

On the left side of the screen is the language you wish to translate from and on the left side is the one you wish to translate to. The memory will attempt to recommend recently used languages, which is a great feature because it will speed the lookup process when spending time in the same foreign location. This feature can be easily bypassed by selecting the desired language from the large drop-down list.

After making a selection, the virtual keyboard appears at the bottom of the screen bottom. As you begin type, the app translates. Three icons appear beneath the translated text that provide options to obtain additional information on the typed text. The options allow you to expand to study, share it via social media or email, copy it to the clipboard and paste it elsewhere or store it in your favorites at the top right of the screen.

In every translation, a small speaker will appear at the left side of the screen. This is a great tool to use when you are unsure of pronunciations. To use this feature, just tap the icon and the device will speak the translation aloud. Another option is to use the Conversation Mode when speaking to someone of a different language. When using this feature, both you and the other person take turns speaking and the app translates speech.

Conversation mode was updated recently to allow for simultaneous conversation, whereas before only one individual could speak at a time in order to have legible translation. It edits out expletives with quite interesting humor: an expletive would be reading – “asterisk”.

How to Use the App without Internet Connection

Most apps are intended to be used while connected to the internet. However, it is possible for you to use the Google translator offline, you just have to plan ahead for it.  If you know that you’ll need to translate a particular language, simply download that particular package when you have access to the internet. Once downloaded, you’ll be able to use the pack offline. To use this feature, just tap the required languages, select “manage offline languages” and a drop-down list will show which language packs are available to download and use while not connected to the Internet. The downside of language packs however, is the size, which could eat up data and device storage. Be sure to use a wireless connection when downloading the packs.

Pros and Cons

First the pros: Of course, one of the major pros is that Google Translate is available for free, especially given the amount of use one could get out of it. In addition, it comfortably translates 90 different languages, so you are likely to be covered wherever you travel in the world.  Google continuously updates the app to make it even more user-friendly and adds additional features and tools. Another positive is that it can be used offline.

There are only a few cons. Unfortunately, the best features are available on Android, but the iPhone and iPad having more limitations. The iPhone has all of the features of Google Translator, except conversation mode.

Conclusion

Private detectives often travel to foreign countries, speak to people from various cultures and ethnicity. Overcoming language barriers sometimes requires an interpreter, which isn’t always feasible and is very costly. What a better way than to have your personal translator with you all the time, always ready to translate in even difficult situations. Save translations and investigate the spoken or written translations at a more convenient time when required or see immediately what someone tries to convey to you. It is a handy and very useful app, which you will benefit from significantly. Google makes regular updates and adds new features and functionality often. Overall, we highly recommend this app for private detectives.

Learn about other Private Investigator Apps and software for Private Eyes.


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