As the world is getting older, technology is getting smarter. Google just introduced a new way to translate text on Android. Google is making it way easier to translate text on Android: just highlight it.
The new feature is called Tap to Translate, and it arrived in an update to Google Translate for Android. The feature allows Translate to automatically pop up inside of other apps after you’ve highlighted text in a foreign language. When you do, a little Translate icon will pop up which you can then tap to read a translation. The pop up will also allow you to translate text from your first language back into the foreign language you’re reading.
It’s a neat trick that should really save people some hassle, whether they frequently need to translate text or just do so on occasion. According to Google, it should work inside of any app; be it a chat app or in a browser etc. as long as you can highlight the text. Microsoft basically added the same feature to its Android translation app last month but placed the translate option in the Cut-Copy-Paste menu, which is a bit less convenient than a giant bubble (or maybe less annoying, depending on how you look at it).
How To Use Tap To Translate
To enable Tap to Translate go to the Google Translate App, select settings and enable Tap to translate. This will activate the translate tool which works with practically all Google or non-Google apps on your smartphone. So every time you copy text in an app, an icon will pop up on the right hand side of the screen. Tap on it and it will open a translation window within that app. This means the app will be running in the background full-time. So even if you don’t have to translate something, and you copy a text in a doc file or a Facebook page, the translate icon will pop up.
And in other news…
Google is yet bringing a couple of other updates to Google Translate as well. An offline mode is rolling out on iOS, with each offline language requiring just about 25MB of space. While there is no word yet on when it will be rolled out on iOS, 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. It’s a pretty amazing feature when it works (but it can definitely be inconsistent). This one however is available on both iOS and Android.
As soon as you make use of this feature, tell us what you think about it.