Google working towards the dream phone

[tweetmeme] A couple of years ago, there was this huge viral success, a Pomegranate phone that would do nearly everything from making your coffee, global voice translation, video projector, harmonica and shaving razor among other standard features of leading current mobile phones at that time. Well it turned out to be just an ad campaign for Nova Scotia and its culture; and of course generate interest in establishing Nova Scotia as a desirable place to live and do business.

Google on the other hand seems to have a lot of interest in futuristic concepts for the world of tomorrow, and this can be sure seen as the popularity of the Search Giant on innovation and technology blogs worldwide. The fact that Google has worked around quite a few interesting technologies is a testimony to them working on those solutions. Starting from the interesting Google Phone the Nexus One, their Android Platform for mobiles, Google Voice,  Google Goggles and the Google Translate application for the phone where you can read a different language on real-time translation, that I wrote about recently.

Well since my last post they have included a new support of text to voice, into their translation service. So now we need can listen to the translation to listen to what it sounds like. If I was writing about Google Why have I included the pomegranate video and all the bullshit about it. Well read the first paragraph again, and try to get the link, well I wont make you read it again, don’t worry. Its voice translation in real-time. Really just like the video, Google real-time voice translation is another service announced by Google.

Real time voice-to-voice translation would be the first attempt of its kind for phones. Google already provides an automatic text translation system on computers and  also has a voice recognition system which enables phone users to search the web or use google maps through speech. Now, Google is working on combining the google translate and its speech recognition system to develop a new voice-to-voice translation for phones. The application would recognize speech in packages and translate them to another language after interpreting the meaning of the original speech. Although Google’s text translation works quite accurately, the speech recognition system has its flaws and Google is now working on improving it.

However, Google is not the only company working on the real-time voice to voice translations.In June 2009  Sakhr, a Gulf based company claims to have already pioneered and developed the voice to voice translations of Arabic to English and is catering the services to clients like Blackberry and iPhone, including the US Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice. Below is a demo video of their software for the Blackberry:

So, interestingly they have started working on one of the technologies from the dream phone, if at all the nexus one made coffee, had a swiss army knife and also shave my face 😉

  1. Google’s “Babel Fish” translator will in never solve the language problem. Not only does it discriminate against anyone who cannot afford a mobile phone, but against minority language groups as well.

    There are 6,800 languages worldwide, not fifty-two !

    Moreover, if I met a native in Borneo, and he said to me in Hakka “I’ve lost my mobile phone” how would I understand him 🙂 And how many starving Africans can afford a mobile phone !

    As English loses its economic power, the answer is not for us to move to Mandarin Chinese, but to Esperanto which puts all speakers on an equal footing.

    Have a look at or

      • misterjester
      • March 3rd, 2010

      Of course, I am sure there 6,800 languages to translate. But the point is every journey begins with the first step.

      So I guess, there is a lot of things to happen for technologies like this to work, but there is hope.

    • KVONDO
    • April 16th, 2010

    Hello, I have the T-mobile G1 android cell phone. Where can i get a speech to speech program for this phone?


    • misterjester
    • April 16th, 2010

    I am not sure wether the application is out yet. But you can sure try sakhr at the link above in the post itself.

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