Google Expands Translate's Functionality To Any App

Google Translate has gotten more attention of late. Having just celebrated its 10th-anniversary last month, Google put out a few different videos to commemorate how far Translate has come since it launched. Translate is now capable of translations in 103 languages according to Google, and today they're expanding the usefulness of Translate to other applications on your mobile device. Google Translate will now allow other apps to take advantage of word translations with a simple tap of a button that will pop up whenever there is text in another language inside of that application. Google is calling this feature, "Tap to Translate."

The way this works is that if you're using an application and any text pops up in another language, you can copy that text and a Google Translate icon will appear in the top right corner. When tapped, this will reveal the translated text in a popup window right within the app you're already using so there is no need to open up Translate and paste the copied text, allowing a faster translation and the ability to stay within that particular app. This can be extremely useful if you're using something like a chat app where you might be having a conversation with somebody as you will never really have to leave the conversation. Google mentions that Tap to Translate also works with all 103 supported languages, and it supports Translate for Android's offline mode too so you can use it without an internet connection.

In addition to adding Tap to Translate so other apps can make use of Translate's features, Google is also adding Chinese as the 29th language into Word Lens, which basically allows you to live translate any text that displays in another language using the camera. The live translations will support simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese, and Google reminds us that Word Lens works offline as well. These new changes to the app follow details from a few months back that Google is looking into using Neural Networks to improve Google Translate. While these changes will be live for some users right now, Google states that it will take the next few days for the update to roll out to everyone.

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