Saturday, September 10, 2011

Google Translate's voice input: phones only?

So apparently Google Translate takes voice input now - although it seems you need Chrome if you're not doing it on an Android or iPhone. The privacy issue of Chrome being able to record from your microphone without your consent is... interesting.

If you do it on a PC*, it only allows you to give voice input in English. But if you do it via the iPhone/Android apps - even though they seem to use HTML5 anyway - you can give input in 15 different languages.

Google, hello? People use laptops and desktops as well - why are they restricted to English-only voice input? I couldn't find an answer to this, or a timeline for when the other languages will be available in the "vanilla" Google Translate.

* Is there a good and concise term for "non-smartphone computer"?