Google translate is one of the most useful apps out there and now it will allow you to translate text without even having to switch between the app you are currently in and Google Translate. In supported messaging applications like Whatsapp, all you will need to do is copy the text that you want to translate and an option to use Google Translate will become available on the spot. You will however, need to be running at least Android version 4.2 (the later the better) to avail the feature though.
Apple users on the other hand, will get access to the offline translation feature on Google Translate for the first time. One may say that it's a little late though as the ability to translate without an active internet connection has been a part of the Android OS versions for quite a while now. Nevertheless, Google has improved upon the feature by compressing the 52 downloadable language packs to roughly 25MB each. The summary is that both iOS users and Android users of the Google Translate will be getting updates, albeit with varying added functionalities.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Learning about new languages or cultures can be a really exciting experience but finding a resource to learn a new language on your own isn't easy. So if you feel stuck and need a reliable translator, try Google Assistant's interpreter Mode. This mode or feature is now available on Android smartphones. The feature was previously released on the Google Pixel Buds and other headphones which were Google Assistant-enabled. The feature later on rolled in Google Home smart speakers and displays.
Google's interpreter Mode on Android phones can help you with real-time translation. The App has 44 different languages to choose from. To get started, follow these simple steps. Say things like "Hey Google, be my Arabic translator" or "Hey Google, help me speak Italian" and start speaking. This feature can be pretty handy if you are traveling abroad or just want to learn a new language.
How to use real-time translation on your Android Phone?
To use Interpreter Mode on Android phones, simply bring up the Google Assistant and ask it to translate into any of the 44 supported languages. You will then see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. Assistant will also present Smart Replies to help you respond quickly without having to speak. You can also choose to use Interpreter Mode in typing mode or manually select the language you want to speak out loud. Interpreter Mode is now rolling out to Android phones with an Assistant worldwide and doesn't require any additional app downloads.
Translate a conversation
Say "Ok Google."
Say a command, like:
Be my Italian interpreter.
Help me speak Spanish.
Interpret from Polish to Dutch.
Turn on interpreter mode.
If you haven't identified languages, choose which languages you want to use.
When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language. You don't have to alternate between languages for interpreter mode to work.
On a Smart Display, you'll both see and hear the translated conversation.
To stop using interpreter mode, say a command like:
You can also ask Google Assitant to remember things.
Step 1. Tell your Assistant what to remember
Say "Hey Google, Remember that
Step 2. Ask your Assistant to remember
Say "Hey Google, where/what is
Google is hard on work to improve its apps. Today, Google Translate App got a major update to version 3.1 (full version number 3.1.0.RC06.83908714). This new version of Translate is rolling-out on Android and iOS too with built-in Word Lens translation via the camera and a Smarter Conversation Mode that can listen to both languages at once.
The biggest feature that Google's focuses on this release is the "Smart Conversation Mode" which is a Live-Speech translator that listens to two different languages in real-time and provide instant translation to both ends.
As for the Word Lens feature, it is now a part of the official Translate app. All you need to do is hit the camera button and point your phone at a sign or something else with printed words to get an instant translation. The app currently supports English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. More languages will come later, but this is a good start, especially considering these used to be in-app purchases in the Word Lens app.
You can try all these new features By Downloading and Installing the Google Translate 3.1 APK below. This APK is official and signed by Google, it will upgrades your existing app.