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Google adds Tap to Translate on Android

Google announces three new featuresTap to Translate, Offline mode for iOS, Word Lens in Chinesethat will roll out over the next few days

Now, you can tap to translate, with Google’s latest updates to Google Translate apps on Android and iOS. The new features were announced in a blog post on Wednesday. Here are the three cool features that will roll out over the next few days to the 500 million-plus people who use Google Translate:

Tap to Translate: A simple tap instantly translates text within any app on your Android phone, so you don’t have to switch apps and copy-paste text between Google Translate and other apps. Just copy the text of a chat, comment, song—just about anything—in whichever app you’re using, and a translation will pop up right there. Tap to Translate works for all 103 of Google Translate’s languages on any Android phone running Jellybean (4.2) and above.

Offline Mode for iOS: Android has had this feature for some time and now iOS gets it too. The iOS offline mode means you can now translate even when you don’t have a data connection. This is useful while travelling since you can translate while offline and not pay for expensive mobile data. Offline mode is easy to set up: Just tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language, and you’ll be ready to do text translations whether you’re online or not. And it works with Tap to Translate too. The total number of offline languages that are supported offline is now 52, with Filipino being the latest addition.

Word Lens in Chinese: Finally, Google is adding Word Lens to support Chinese. Word Lens is a feature that allows you to point your camera at the text to translate it. Chinese becomes the 29th language for instant visual translation, and it reads both to and from English, for both simplified and traditional Chinese. Google recommends trying it on menus, signs, packages and other printed text. It works offline too.

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