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Google Translate now works inside any app on Android
May 15, 2016, 11:04 am

Google is making it easier to translate text on Android. The new feature is called Tap to Translate, and it arrives in an update to Google Translate for Android. The feature allows a Translate icon to automatically pop up, similar to a facebook chat head inside of other apps after you have highlighted the text in a foreign language. The pop up will also allow you to translate text from your first language back into the foreign language you are reading.

Google says it should work inside any app, be it a chat app, a browser, or so on, so long as you can highlight the text. Microsoft added basically the same feature to its Android translation app last month, but it placed the translate option in the cut / copy / paste menu, which was less convenient than the present Google Translate.

Google is also planning on bringing a few more updates to Google Translate. An offline mode is rolling out on iOS, with each offline language only requiring a small 25MB of space. On both iOS and Android, Google is also rolling out support for Chinese inside of its Word Lens feature, which lets you point a phone's camera at a printed text and see an augmented translation. 

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