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Translate on tap eliminates your need to open any app

Besides making the process of translation quick enough to be comfortable for chatting, the company also announced the addition of Offline Mode to the iOS version of their Google Translate app

By: HT CORRESPONDENT
| Updated on: May 12 2016, 11:47 IST
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Besides making the process of translation quick enough to be comfortable for chatting, the company also announced the addition of Offline Mode to the iOS version of their Google Translate app (Google)

"Of the 500 million people who use Google Translate, more than 9 in 10 live outside the US," said Google on the launch of a new translation feature in a blog post.

Remeber Now on Tap? The feature due to which pressing the home button on an Android smartphone long enough would result in a contextual search of everything on the screen. Tap to Translate is a similar feature but instead of conducting a search, it translates any language you're not familiar with on the sreen.

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"We know millions of you painstakingly copy-paste text between Google Translate and other apps. Now, you can just copy the text of a chat, comment, song lyric, etc. in whichever app you're using, and a translation will pop up right there—no need to switch apps," said Google.

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Besides making the process of translation quick enough to be comfortable for chatting, the company also announced the addition of Offline Mode to the iOS version of their Google Translate app. They also claim to have shrunk the size of their language packages by 90 percent.

"Offline Mode is easy to set up: Just tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language, and then you'll be ready to do text translations whether you're online or not—and it works with Tap to Translate too," said Google.

The final feature that Google added to translate will be of special interest to anyone visiting China in the future. "Finally, we're adding Word Lens in Chinese. It's our 29th language for instant visual translation, and it reads both to and from English, for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Try it on menus, signs, packages, and other printed text. As with all Word Lens languages, it works offline," said Google, concluding the blog post listing out the most substantial updates to the leading translation service across the globe.

Read more: 10-year-old Google Translate goes through 100 billion words a day

The update will roll out globally in the coming weeks, breaking the barriers in communication by another brick.

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First Published Date: 12 May, 11:46 IST
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