For a traveller or a multilingual person, Google Translate has been a life-changing experience in communication. The tons of cool new features that Google Translate such as translating images has wooed millions, but has always required you to copy paste content into the app to translate it. However, the latest Google Translate Android app is about to change everything by providing its translation service within any app.
The new feature has been coined as Tap to Translate, freshly available in the Google Play Store right now
. In order to translate text inside any app, simply select the text and the Google Translate icon will pop up to the right of the screen. Click on the Google Translate button to read the translation, and it also allows you to immediately translate text from your first language into the foreign language that you are reading.
Simply put, the new Google Translate Android app has been equipped to translate whatever you copy to your clipboard. Hence, every time you highlight a text within any app, it triggers the small Translate bubble to pop up. Surprisingly, Microsoft
brought the same feature to its Translate app a month ago, by adding the translate option within the cut/copy/paste menu.
A new update of the Google Translate app is also being rolled out for iOS users, but the in-app translations are not available yet. Instead, the iOS users have been treated with offline translation, which the Android
counterpart has enjoyed for months. Google has reduced to the downloadable offline language packs to 25MB, which is a 90 percent reduction in size.
Google has also updated the World Lens feature by adding the Chinese language to it. For those who aren’t aware of World Lens, it is the Google Translate feature that allows you to translate live footage directly from your camera. Translating street signs, directions, restaurant menus and a lot more is made so much easier with World Lens.
Have you tried out the in-app translation feature of the updated Google Translate Android app? Let us know how useful do you find the new improvements of the app, below in the comments section.