Translator Keyboard 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot, MacRumors 002)

You can now put Translator Keyboard by developer Steven Barnegren on your list of system wide third-party keyboards available in the App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 or later.

First spotted by MacRumors, the $1.99 iPhone and iPad software makes it easy to translate any text to 44 different languages (and translate from 30 languages) by choosing your source and target language straight from the keyboard.

Because third-party software keyboards on iOS 8 are available in any app, you can literally get translated text as you type in any app, without using a dedicated translation software. To switch between languages, just swipe on the keyboard.

The app uses Microsoft Translate, an “industry leading translation API,” and even auto-corrects your spelling in any given language.

The downside to auto-correct is its aggressiveness, requiring you to fix every misspelled word. Barnegren is aware of the problem and confirmed to MacRumors that the option to disable auto-correct will be added in a future update.

Key features include:

  • Fast and accurate online translation using industry leading translation API
  • Translate to 44 different languages
  • Translate from 30 different languages
  • Change source and target language straight from the keyboard
  • Translator Keyboard’s autocorrection will correct your spelling in whichever language you are writing in

Due to the use of the Microsoft Translate API, an Internet connection is required and you’ll need to confirm “Allow Full Access” even though the app does not store your keystrokes in the cloud.

The initial version supports translation to the following languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Klingon (pIqaD), Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Translator Keyboard 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot, MacRumors 001)

Translation from the following languages is supported:

Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Klingon, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Keyboard Translator is compatible with any iPhone, iPad and iPod touch supported by iOS 8.0 or later.

[App Store via MacRumors]

  • Jason Baroni

    Wow! This is quite useful! Thanks!

  • NeftyCorrea

    amazing now i don’t have to use google translator every time i text family

  • Kurt

    Pretty useful!

    • Useful indeed. Been waiting for something like this in the form of a jailbreak tweak for quite some time now.

      • Kurt

        I never thought of it. Why learn a language when you can type in English and out spews a foreign language.

      • Well for the most part translation software is terrible. You only have to translate foreign websites to English to see that…

        I’d imagine it works the other way too and is very easy for someone fluent in a foreign language to tell if you’ve used translation tools.

    • Rowan09

      Definitely agree.

  • Kiki Malaki

    only problem is, if you talk to someone and use chinese, if he replied in chinese will it translate it also?

  • Andrew

    Doesn’t quite work perfectly all the time (for “I love you” in French, it gave me “Je te aime” instead of “Je t’aime”, but pretty close), but I like the concept. If it’s improved further, I’ll re-download it.

  • shantanu

    is there any keyboard language translator tweaks for ios 7.1.1 too ???