Using Live Translate Calls on Galaxy S24: A Guide and Review

What you should know


  • Samsung Galaxy S24 series introduces new AI features, including the Live Translate function for calls, supporting 13 languages.
  • To activate Live Translate, users must navigate through the Phone app settings and select their default languages.
  • During a call, Live Translate can be accessed via the Call Assist button, offering real-time transcription and translation, though with notable delays.
  • While the concept of Live Translate is innovative, its current execution is slow and sometimes inaccurate in translations, suggesting room for improvement.


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Oh, Samsung’s been making waves again, haven’t they? With their new Galaxy S24 series, they’re all about that AI life. You’ve seen the ads, right? “Samsung AI is here” plastered on every billboard and YouTube ad. It’s kinda hard to miss.

So, one of the big things they’re pushing is this Live Translate feature. Sounds cool on paper. Imagine chatting away in your native language, and boom, the person on the other end gets it in theirs. All thanks to the magic of Galaxy AI, no internet needed. Just you, your phone, and a choice of 13 languages. From Chinese to Vietnamese, they’ve got a decent selection.

But here’s the kicker – how do you even turn this thing on? If you’re scratching your head, looking at your shiny Galaxy S24 Ultra, wondering, “What the heck?” don’t worry. It’s simpler than it seems. Dive into your Phone app, hit that triple dot menu, and tap into Settings. There you’ll find the golden ticket: Live Translate. Just flip that switch, and you’re golden. Pick your languages, and you’re set to go.

Now, you’re on a call, and there’s this Call Assist button staring back at you. Tap it, and you’ve got two AI buddies ready to help out – text to speech and Live Translate. Plus, the call’s getting transcribed in real-time. Missed something? Just glance at your screen. Handy, right?

But here’s where things get a bit…awkward. The moment you activate Live Translate, the AI needs a sec to tell the other person what’s up. And it’s not exactly speedy. You say something, and then there’s this pause. A long pause. And it’s not just once; it’s every time you speak.

The original voice is still there, kinda like a ghost whisper, so you’re not totally in the dark. But if you’re brave enough to mute that and rely solely on the AI, good luck. It’s like trying to have a chat while walking through a fog. Disorienting, to say the least.

Despite the hiccups, you gotta admit, it’s a neat idea. Real-time translation? The future is now. But, and it’s a big but, the translations themselves… they’re a bit hit-or-miss. We tried it out, and let’s just say, it wasn’t flawless. Words got jumbled, phrases turned into puzzles. Not exactly confidence-inspiring, especially if you’re trying to impress your foreign in-laws.

So, what’s the verdict? Samsung’s Live Translate is a glimpse into the future, sure. But it’s like that cake you take out of the oven too early. Looks good, smells good, but it’s still a bit gooey in the middle. Kudos to Samsung for the effort, but maybe, just maybe, it needed a bit more time to bake.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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