Google Translate for iOS gets offline, one tap away for Android
Google Translate gets a tiny bit more global and much easier to use.
In celebration of its tenth year plus one week, the dev team have updated the app for both iOS and Android, this time adding Word Lens capability to translate Chinese characters you see through your camera’s viewfinder.
On the Android side, Tap to Translate support has moved beyond Android Marshmallow devices and gone onto all devices above version 4.2. All you need to do is highlight foreign text, copy it and tap on “translate” for an instant read.
iOS is also getting Android’s Offline Mode in its Google Translate update. Both versions now feature 52 language packs. They’re much smaller than they were initially, now just 25MB each. While it definitely helps tourists out in poorly-connected remote areas, Google led off its blog post on the update by saying more than 90 percent of Translate’s users are from outside the US. Offline Mode will get more mileage in their native areas. And that’s not to say that the rest of these features don’t help at all.
The update brings both iOS and Android versions of Google Translate to 5.0.0.