By Stephen Schenck | March 27, 2013 3:04 PM
A smartphone can be a lifesaver when traveling abroad, serving as a tour guide, concierge, navigator, and perhaps most importantly, a translator. We saw Samsung really make a big deal about that last one there at its Galaxy S 4 launch event, but for most Android users, they’re not turning to Samsung for translation help, but to Google Translate. Today, Google’s got a new update to deliver for Translate on Android, bringing one feature that sounds incredibly useful: the ability to translate without an internet connection.
After all, when you’re in an unknown land, it’s hard to predict just when and where you’ll find data service available, so being able to communicate even when you can’t get online could be a lifesaver. You’ll need to manually choose which language you’d like to translate between for their offline translation packs to be installed, so plan ahead! This doesn’t just cover the big guys; fifty languages are supported in offline mode.
The offline packs are understandably less complete than what you’d have access to when using the app online, but they will hopefully be enough to get you by. Beyond support for offline translations, the app now support camera-based translations of vertical text in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.