Google Translate Adds Tap to Translate on Android, Offline Mode on iOS

Tap to Translate allows Android users to copy text within a chat message, internet comment and so on and receive a translation without switching apps.

Google released multiple updates for Google Translate on mobile.

The first, Tap to Translate, allows Android users to copy text within a chat message, internet comment and so on and receive a translation without switching applications. Tap to Translate can be used with all 103 languages supported by Google Translate, and the feature is available to users on Android phones running Jellybean (4.2) and above.

Google Translate Tap to Translate

Next, Google introduced Offline Mode for Google Translate users on iOS. To activate Offline Mode for a language, users can tap the arrow next to the language name to download the offline package for that language. Downloading a language package will allow users to translate text in the language whether they’re online or not.

In addition, Offline Mode in the iOS app uses the smaller offline packages originally implemented in Google Translate on Android. Specifically, Google said it decreased the size of each offline package by 90 percent, to 25 megabytes each, allowing users to save space on their devices and download content faster on slow data connections. Currently, 52 languages are available in Offline Mode.

Finally, the app now offers a Word Lens for instant visual translation of Chinese text. This allows users to point their device at printed text on menus, signs and more to translate to and from English, for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

These updates will roll out to Google Translate users on iOS and Android in the next few days.

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