Google Updates Translate App with New Features and Off-Line Functionality

By Paul Riegler on 16 May 2016
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Google announced multiple new features for its translation app, most notably off-line support.

The app, which now can translate on iOS devices (this feature was previously available on Android) by listening to someone speaking or reading what he writes – can be used even when no data service or Wi-Fi connection is present.

Another new feature is Tap to Translate. This allows chat app users to see translations by clicking a button instead of copying and pasting text into Google Translate.

Filipino has been added to the selection of 52 languages for which off-line support is available. Others include Arabic, French, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Russian.

It now provides support for simplified and traditional Chinese in its Word Lens feature, which allows users to take a picture of a sign, word, menu, or other piece of text and obtain a translation. Word Lens supports 29 languages.

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