App translates languages during real-time phonecalls

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Web users can already easily take advantage of translation services that convert text from one language to another, and we've also seen TransFire bring that capability to web-based instant messaging on smartphones. Providing a similar service for speech conversations, Japan-based NTT DOCOMO is launching its Hanashite Hon’yaku app, which offers real-time translation of phonecalls. Rather than making a call through the standard phone app, users select a contact through Hanashite Hon’yaku if they will be talking to a foreign language speaker. The app then automatically detects what languages are being spoken before providing instant text translations. Users have the option…

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