Google Chrome Beta for Android adds translation tools


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a new version of its Chrome Beta for Android, adding the built-in translation bar first introduced via the desktop of the browser.

"When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar," explains Google software engineer Miguel Garcia. "To translate the page, touch the 'Translate' button."

The Chrome Beta update also offers full-screen viewing options on Android tablets, a feature launched on smartphones last month. As users scroll down a Web page, the top toolbar disappears, returning as they scroll back up. Google also announced a new graph that depicts estimated bandwidth savings from an experimental data compression feature issued earlier this year.

Google introduced Chrome in 2008 and expanded the browser to Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS last year. Chrome for mobile touts many of the same features as its desktop counterpart, and it enables users to port bookmarks and saved tabs from PCs to smartphones and tablets.

Google recently launched Blink, an open-source rendering engine spinning out of WebKit, the engine powering Chrome as well as Apple's Safari browser. Google and Apple have collaborated on WebKit for years, with each contributing to the same open-source codebase. With the decision to fork WebKit into Blink, that cooperation will end: Moving forward, Google and Apple will each work separately to introduce new browser features and enhancements.

For more:
- read this Google Chrome Blog post

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