Google Translate adds offline translation support for 33 new languages

Once the language is downloaded, users can translate without an active internet connection. Google Translate app is available for Android and iOS users via Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively.

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Google is rolling out support for 33 new offline languages on its Google Translate app for Android and iOS users. “We’re happy to announce that we’re expanding the offline language functionality to 33 new languages. This allows users to download the languages of interest and translate text when internet connection is unavailable,” the company said on a support page.

The list of 33 recently added offline languages includes Basque, Cebuano, Chichewa, Corsican, Frisian, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hmong, Igbo, Javanese, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Lao, Latin, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Maori, Myanmar (Burmese), Oriya/ Odia, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Sesotho, Shona, Sindhi, Sundanese, Tatar, Turkmen, Uyghur, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, and Zulu.

To download an offline language, open the Google Translate app and tap the download button next to the language you want to download. Saved languages will display as Downloaded in the Google Translator app. Once the language is downloaded, users can translate without the need for an active internet connection.

Users are required to update the Google Translate app to use the offline language feature for the recently added 33 new languages. Google Translate app is available to download for Android and iOS users via Google Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively.

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Historically, some of the biggest technology-driven disruptions have happened quietly, while the rest of the market is focused on more high-profile areas of growth. Such appears to be the case with Google's announcement that it will offer an offline mode for its Android Translate tool, effectively eliminating the need to purchase a dedicated language dictionary.

The new option is called Offline Languages, and it allows mobile users to download translation packages for 50 languages, including Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

"While the offline models are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they are perfect for translating in a pinch when you are traveling abroad with poor reception or without mobile data access," Google associate product manager Minqi Jiang wrote in a blog post.

Without a mobile data plan, or at least one that doesn't include hefty international roaming charges, many travelers still rely on good old fashioned offline language dictionaries when traveling abroad.

From the specialized electronic dictionaries that can cost hundreds of dollars, to the traditional paper dictionaries that have mostly defied the widely reported death of print, offline language translation tools remain an essential part of the global tourists' standard operating equipment. Android's new Offline Languages option takes the robust translations from Google that many have come to rely upon and frees them from the requirements of Internet connectivity.

While it's true that in the past Google Translate hasn't always offered the very best translations or explanations, thanks to crowd-sourced amendments from users, the product is now far more accurate, even when it comes to obscure colloquial phrases.

The Google Translate app for Android is currently available as a free download in the Google Play store.

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Have you noticed an update to the Google Translate app? You may have realized there is not much of a change. That is, unless you are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, in which case you definitely have something new to look forward to.

The Google Translate team has been hard at work bringing system-wide translation to our devices, adding the ability to decipher text across all applications. This means users no longer need to go through the hassles of switching to the Translate app, entering a word (or phrase), translating it, copying it, then going back to paste it in the application of choice. Those with the latest Android version can now simply highlight text from any app and translate it instantly. It’s as easy as pie.

We know: this is no good for most of us right now, as very few people are using the Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview software. It’s definitely a sign of good things to come, though. This is only a taste of what Marshmallow can do with text. Not only will this feature be available to all users once Android 6.0 starts spreading, but other applications and services may be able to take advantage of these capabilities later on.

Interested? You will have to wait until you get Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your device. On the Google Translate side, the update is already available from the Google Play Store. Have any of you tested this feature yet? Do tell us how it’s treating you!

Google Translate update: convert text across all apps when running Marshmallow

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