Google has introduced a series of new features to its Translate app on iOS and Android to make translations easier on mobile phones.
One particularly interesting new feature is the Tap to Translate feature on its Android App, that allows users to quickly translate text across any third party Android app on their phone.
One can now copy the foreign language text in any app and then tap on the Translate icon that automatically pops up within the app to read the respective translation. Google said users can translate text to all 103 languages currently supported by its Translate service.
This should come in handy for users since they no longer have to switch between apps to view translation of any foreign language text, be it in a chat app, a browser or so on.
Google said these features were rolled out based on its learnings in India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Thailand.
The company had previously launched a similar feature
in October last year but it was limited to select apps like TripAdvisor, WhatsApp and LinkedIn and devices running on the latest Android version Marshmallow (Android 6.o)
Tap to Translate will however work on Android phone running Android Jellybean (4.2) and above. Offline mode on iOS
Apart from Tap to translate feature, Google Translate is bringing an offline mode to its iOS app and also significantly reducing the size of the offline language packages. The Internet giant currently offers offline packages for 52 languages.
Google is also adding support for Chinese language in its Word Lens feature, that enables users to point their phone's camera at printed text or a physical signboard and view the translation in augmented reality. The company says the feature can now read both to and from English, for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.