Google has introduced in-app translation and some other features to Google Translate


Have you been using Google Translate on your mobile phone? Normally when you need to translate something, you need to copy the text, then switched to the Google Translate app on your mobile phone whether you are using Android or iOS, paste the text, and then translate it. To eliminate all these steps, especially when people are chatting with multilingual people in real time, Google has introduced in-app translation in Google Translate.

Once you have updated Google Translate, you will be able to translate messages from within other apps. The video below uses example of someone using WhatsApp:

As you can see, there is no need to leave the application now. When you select the message the Google Translate icon immediately pops up. You tap on it and there you have the translation. No need to follow six or seven steps. The in-app translation can make the work of translating between multiple languages quite easy.

Along with the in-app translation feature, Google Translate also allows you to do translations off-line. This feature has been available on Android for a long time, but it has just been introduced on iOS. This can prove to be a handy feature when you are travelling abroad and you are not sure if you’re going to get connectivity during your travel.

There is another feature called Tap to Translate. Suppose you want to translate a billboard or a signboard in front of a shop or something that is written on a carton. All you have to do is, from within Google Translate, point your mobile phone camera to the image and simply tap on the camera icon. The Tap to Translate feature will capture the photograph and then translate the text in real time.

Another feature in Google Translate is “Word Lens”. It translates text in the images as you hope to your mobile phone over the subject.

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