Google Translate now available on Android 4.2 and up; works in any app

Google last year introduced Google Translate for Android, called the system-wide support for quick translations. However, this has been exclusive to Android 6.0 Marshmallow until now. And, it turns out to be available on any device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and up. This in-app translation functionality will be popping out when you select a phrase in an app on your phone or tablet, an immediate translation button will appear. When you tap on the button, it will show the translation of the selected text into an overlay, which no longer need to copy the text and put it in the Google Translate app  to have it converted to your language.

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The latest update to iOS will now support offline mode alongside the new iteration of Android app. It now supports a total of 52 languages and hopefully, more languages will be added in the near future.

Finally, Google Translate has added Word Lens in Chinese. So you can point the camera at something that’s written in Chinese and it will be instantly translated for you. It works from and to English for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. This is the 29th language that now supports instant visual translation. And like all the others, this works offline too.

All of the updates described above are going to be rolled out to the Google Translate apps for Android and iOS in the next few days.

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