More Google Update News: Voice, Translate, Authenticator

We just told you about some of the Google Now improvements in the new Google Search app, but it turns out that’s far from the only new update Google’s making available today. A host of its other Android apps are seeing the arrival of updates of their own today, and a few are worth talking about.

Google Voice delivers a couple fixes for annoying bugs, including one that would delay SMS notifications, and another that corrects issues with notifications showing up multiple times. Google also claims that the update corrects a problem with how your inbox would synch-up across multiple devices, but we hear that may not yet be fully resolved.

Google Translate gets some new ways to enter text for certain languages, adding Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to the list of those you can translate by snapping a picture of text with your camera, and the app’s handwriting recognition sees a big improvement, now working with Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Welsh.

If you’re hip to security concerns, you might be a user of Google Authenticator. The latest update fixes a bug with account setup, and Google’s also tweaked the app’s UI to make things a little smoother to use.

Beyond those, there are some minor changes to things like Google Catalogs, and the Google-acquired Zagat app, but nothing too interesting.

Source: Google (Voice), (Translate), (Authenticator)
Via: Android Police

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