The Google Translate app got an update in December last year that brought along real-time translation of voice and text, turbocharging the apps usability, and making it a must have while travelling to countries. Now the tech giant has released yet another update expanding its instant visual translation to 20 more languages, including one way translation from English to Hindi.
The app earlier translated printed text in only seven languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. However, with this update it adds printed text translation to and from English to 20 more languages like Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. As of now, only one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai have been integrated, with two-way translations promised soon.
What’s most interesting about this app, is that it lets this printed text translation feature work offline also without Internet connectivity. The app seamlessly translates printed text to Hindi in a jiffy. It doesn’t take any time at all in good Internet connection. Even when it has to translate more than one word, it does the job perfectly. The app asks you to touch on the word that needs translation, and it gives you the Hindi word substitute instantly below.
While offline, the app has many hiccups if it has to translate more than one word. If you ask the app to translate a sentence to Hindi in offline mode, it may forget to translate a few words here and there.
Apart from print text translations, it offers voice translations as well in over 90 languages. It offers real-time voice translations in 32 languages, and recently also added the new multilingual mode where two people can hold a pseudo-conversation in a different language with Google Translate instantly identifying the language and giving out its translation. The voice translation works only when connected to the Internet.
Google claims that the app translates over 100 billion words everyday across the globe. The new update has been rolled out to both Android and iOS users globally, and should arrive in the respective app stores in the coming days.