Google Translate now works in any app

Google is taking this ‘no toggling/hopping between apps’ thing seriously.

Just a few days ago, it launched Gboard, a keyboard app that has Search, GIFs, emojis et al baked in. This means you can do practically anything right within Gboard!

Spaces – an app that seeks to make group sharing less cumbersome – also has Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome baked in, greatly reducing hopping between apps.

A few days ago, Google announced some big improvements to Translate, and it includes a feature that aims to reduce toggling between apps.

The feature – Tap to Translate (on Android) – greatly reduces the whole ‘copy-paste text’ process between Google Translate and other apps.

Now, you can just copy the text of a chat, comment, song lyric, etc. in whichever app you’re using, and a translation will pop up right there – no need to switch apps.

Other features that came with the improvement is Offline Mode for iOS. This feature, already available to Android users, allows text translations whether you’re online or not – and it works with Tap to Translate too!

The coolest feature is Word Lens, which allows for instant visual translation i.e translation of words on menus, signs, packages, and other printed text instantly.

To translate a Chinese word on a sign, you simply use the camera app on Translate and point it to the sign. Voila! It works like magic, and works offline too.


Word Lens isn’t a new feature though. Chinese was only just added, bringing the total language the feature supports to 29.

“With Tap to Translate, improved Offline Mode, and Word Lens in Chinese, we hope you’ll find the latest version of Google Translate a helpful companion,” Google stated on its blog.

All three updates will roll out over the next few days. Be sure to use the Translate app!

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