It is not an application that comes standard on Android, no matter how complicated it is to download it. It is free, has a huge amount of translation tools, is able to translate text in real time, also a photograph … And can work without an Internet connection, very useful when you are in another country without the data connection.
We agree: the Google translator is a 100% recommended application if you want to know what you put in another language. Of course, it is not the only one since there are other options. What does not convince you to use the Android applications of the company? Let’s see how to solve the translations without losing benefits along the way.
It is the clearest choice when we look for an alternative to Google Translate: the Microsoft translator is not only up to his rival, it also offers advanced options and is updated with new features to a greater extent than the Google translator. Just try the Microsoft app to not return to Google. Well, at least the return will raise serious doubts.
The fundamental thing is that the Microsoft translator has a great efficiency translating and does it without too many errors. The language is natural enough, at least in the languages we have used (Spanish / English)
Microsoft offers three basic functions: text, voice and photo translation. With them it is possible to translate between languages by simply selecting the target language: the translator automatically detects the source language. Speak and let Microsoft translate in real time, write and do the same, take a photo and overprint the translated text … Its operation is excellent. And it also translates offline since it allows you to download languages to your phone.
One last functionality introduced in the application is the use of Conversations. With them, anyone can connect to a conversation in progress to receive interventions translated into the language that best understands. It is an option that does not have the Google translator and it is worth it if you tend to hold meetings with people from different backgrounds.
Leaving the two large, Google and Microsoft translator, it is difficult to find applications that really solve most translations, both voice, and text. One of those apps is SayHi, a tool focused on real-time translation of conversations that also allows you to translate the text. Both the range of available languages and the ease of use it has make SayHi a very good alternative to Google’s translator, also to Microsoft.
The translator of SayHi offers translation for the spoken languages and also for the written ones. Its interface resembles messaging applications such as WhatsApp: say what you want, or write it down, so that the application will return the translated message while reciting it in the selected language. It has no added options like its two brand opponents, but the truth is that it works very well translating text and voice. You can paste what you want as a message and translate a large number of words. Or make smaller sentences.
SayHi needs a connection to work since each phrase is sent to the servers to translate them. It is a free application and lacks advertising, also in-app purchases.
This application dedicated to translating between eleven languages is developed and maintained by Naver, the company behind the Line messaging app. It points with its characteristics to a kind of Google or Microsoft translator, but maintaining a lower compatibility with languages and offering a slightly more limited translation nature.
With Papago, we have a language translator that offers translations of text, voice and even photographs. Just start the application and select what we want to do: the interface is extremely simple and minimalist, something that adds speed and efficiency in use.
Its operation does not involve inconveniences, at least in the most common translations: from English to Spanish and vice versa. One drawback is that the image translation from Spanish is not yet available, but you can convert texts to this language if what you have in front is in English, for example.
Papago lacks ads and does not have in-app purchases either. Although that yes, you need an Internet connection to be able to use the application.
Beyond these three alternatives to the Google translator, you will only find applications that are based on the translator’s API, not apps developed with your own translation system. The three proposals will make you the most basic service: translate a text or your voice. They will even read you the translations with the accent so that you learn to pronounce.