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The folks at Gist have added a new third party iOS 8 keyboard for your consideration, called Slated. Admittedly, this area is starting to become crowded, but unlike the other offerings that aim to add colors or new input methods to your keyboard, it has a more serious task.

Slated has the ability to translate what you type into more than 80 languages, in real time. Simply pick a language, start typing, and watch the evolving translation appear below the text entry field. It also translates backwards, so you can participate in complete conversations.

The keyboard itself looks identical to the stock keyboard, which is perfect for its functionality. Your real-time translation appears where you’d normally see autocorrect suggestions, above the keyboard, as do backward translations—which you can evoke by copying the text.

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While there are other iOS 8 keyboards that translate text, the streamlined UI and UX of Slated put it in a league of its own. You can literally have entire conversations with people you wouldn’t normally understand, or you can use it to help you begin learning a new language.

Slated is available for both the iPhone and iPad, and is 50% off right now in the App Store at $2.99. If you’re still on the fence, TechCrunch has a great video of the keyboard in action.

  • mark

    Can it translate the incoming messages as well?

    • Martin

      That would be, like the best app on the App Store! I don’t think it can.. yet

      • Chris Gilmore

        “It also translates backwards, so you can participate in complete conversations.”

      • jaysoncopes

        My imagination of this would be to copy and paste the text into your text box, “correct” it, then read whatever they said. No real functionality for it yet.

      • newpath1

        Well if you followed the link provided over to TechCrunch you will see that pasting is not necessary, all you need to do is simply copy the incoming text and it will automatically display its translation.

  • Singularity19

    Until we can develop a better algorithm translating, this will always be obsolete. For example, the Chinese translate shown it way off when compared to its English counterpart

    • therealjjohnson

      You sure obsolete is the word you wanna use though? This is still useful.

      • Brian Davis

        Sounds like it was lost in translation.

  • syntax_error

    This is like WTF…wow!

  • Marvin

    sexy app !

  • bxiong

    I’m assuming the keyboard makes an API call to Google Translate every time you type something, so it probably won’t work offline. Can anyone confirm?

    • Abdullah Safdar

      No

  • Manu Bulteau

    The video shows two mistakes. One in French and one in Italian. It needs some improvement. It’s not ‘je te aime’ but je t’aime’ and not ‘posso parlare nulla’ but ‘posso parlare in tutte le lingue’. Just saying.

  • Eni

    Dat translation in Italian in the video review thought, terrible.

  • Nesly Lacroix

    I was turned off by the first translation in the TechCrunch Demo. You see I happen to speak French and the translation is dead wrong. In fact, it is embarrassing. I love you is translated to “Je t’aime”. Not “Je te aime”. Hence, no confidence in its translations.

    • Mr.DnQ

      Je t’aime is perfect french. I’m from France…

      • Nesly Lacroix

        Obviously you misunderstood my post. See the TechCrunch video. The keyboard translation is “je te aime”. Which is obviously wrong.

  • RarestName

    “我說這一切”

    lol

  • Xee

    Awesome keyboard!