Ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to translate something urgently, but didn’t have a data connection to use your translation app? Google has now ensured that you never have to face such a situation, by introducing an offline language package in the latest update of its Google Translate app for Android.
Google Translate which was released for Android back in June 2012 now supports offline translations for up to 50 languages. You can download the language packages you need by selecting ‘Offline Languages’ in the app menu and once downloaded, can enable offline translation between any two languages selecting them both in the offline languages menu. In addition to this, if you click pictures of vertical text in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language using your phone’s camera, the app will be able to translate that text too.
These features are a boon to people who are always on the move and are not guaranteed a data connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot everywhere they go. It is also good to see Google supporting Android (2.3) Gingerbread, which though outdated, still has the most number of users in the Android world.
You can download the latest version of Google Translate from the Play Store.