Of the 500 million+ people who use Google Translate, more than 9 in 10 live outside the U.S. Google has taken feedback from thousands of users in India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Thailand to learn what works and what doesn’t—and finally Google came out with some big improvements.
What Google Team has to say about this
We know millions of you painstakingly copy-paste text 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:
Tap to Translate works for all 103 of Google Translate’s languages on any Android phone running Jellybean (4.2) and above.
Next, Offline Mode now works on iOS, and joins Android in using small offline packages. Previous packages was too big to download on unreliable data connections or to keep on your phone’s limited storage. That’s why Google has reduced the size by 90 percent, to a much more manageable 25 MB each.
Offline Mode is easy to set up: Just tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language, and then you’ll be ready to do text translations whether you’re online or not—and it works with Tap to Translate too. Google has also added a Filipino language pack, bringing the total number of offline languages to 52.
Another addition is of Word Lens in Chinese. This is Google’s 29th language for instant visual translation, and it reads both to and from English, for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Try it on menus, signs, packages, and other printed text. As with all Word Lens languages, it works offline.