Baidu, the company best known for making China’s top Internet search engine, just made its translation app available for iOS. The descriptions for the iPhone and Android versions are in Chinese (search for “Baidu Translate” in the stores), as are its intro/instruction screens, but don’t worry–the app’s user interface is mostly in English.
One of Baidu Translate’s key features is voice translation for English, Mandarin and Cantonese, which I found to be very accurate. It’s a nice free alternative to other voice translation apps, most of which only offer Chinese support as an in-app purchase. But that’s not the coolest part. I am having the most fun with Baidu Translate’s image recognition feature, which lets you take a picture of something and circle it. The app then attempts to identify the object and tell you what it is in Chinese and English.
The image translator’s accuracy is…
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