Microsoft Translate smartwatch appNo doubt, the future is here: with the release of Microsoft Translator for iOS, Android, Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches, you can now talk into the little magical device on your wrist and have it translate whatever you said into another language.

Well, sort of.

The app, a challenger to the Google Translate app that’s been offering speech-to-speech and on-the-fly text translation for a while now, is reasonably accurate. But by now, everyone knows not to expect too much from machine translation — for every surprisingly accurate result, there are still too many garbled misunderstandings or out-of-context translations.

But how does the new kid on the block stack up against Google’s app, which has just recently added 20 new languages to it’s also very sci-fi instant visual translation feature?

Android Police answers this question with an in-depth comparison between the two apps. In short, Microsoft Translator offers a prettier interface and the smartwatch versions, but lacks many other features that the more mature Google app has been offering for long time now: offline use, live conversation mode, more comfortable copying of results, and the visual/camera translation.

As far as accuracy is concerned, the jury is still out. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences with both apps — how do they stack up in your language pair? Let us know in the comments.

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