Google Translate for Android adds offline support
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) released an updated version of its Translate application, enabling Android device users to access the service even without a cellular connection.
Google Translate version 2.6 introduces offline languages with support for 50 languages.
The new Google Translate version 2.6 introduces offline languages with support for 50 languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic. "You can select [offline languages] in the app menu to see all the offline language packages available for download," explained Google Associate Product Manager Minqi Jiang. "To enable offline translation between any two languages, you just need to select them in the offline languages menu. Once the packages are downloaded, you're good to go. While the offline models are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they are perfect for translating in a pinch when you are traveling abroad with poor reception or without mobile data access."
Offline language support is limited to devices running Android 2.3 and up.
The free Google Translate app supports more than 65 languages in all. Google first introduced Translate for the Web in 2007 and ported the service to Android in early 2010; a version optimized for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS followed in 2011.
- read this Official Android Blog entry
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