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Google Translate for Android updated with Tap to Translate feature, here’s how to use it

Google Translate has been updated with a slew of new features such as Tap to Translate, optimized Offline Mode and Word Lens for Chinese. Here's how you can make the most of it.

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Google has announced a new update for its Google Translate app. The update brings a slew of new features that emphasize on making the user experience better. The company has introduced a new feature called Tap to Translate, which makes it way easier for you to get instant translations of texts within any app you are using.

Whenever Android users copy text in any app, a translation will pop up. This essentially does away with the need to copy paste the text into the Translate app. The feature is available for all 103 languages that Google Translate supports and works on Android smartphones running Android 4.2 and above. The update is being rolled out in phases, so it may take a while to reach to you. But if you cannot wait, you can download the apk from here.

To start using Tap to Translate, go to Settings of the Google Translate app. Choose the Tap to Translate option, and tap on the check box on the right to enable it. Google also allows you to choose your primary language and the language you translate the most. Now whenever you select and copy any text, a translate pop up, similar to Facebook Messenger’s chat heads, will appear on your screen. You will get the translation on tapping the pop up. Do note the floating pop up doesn’t appear forever, so you need to quickly tap on the icon.

Another method, albeit a slightly longer route, is to select any text, tap on three dots that appear in the pop up featuring copy, share and select all options. From there you can choose the Translate option to get the instant translation. Watch the video below to learn more about the new feature.

Google’s Tap to Translate feature is quite cool and makes it much easier for users to communicate with a person not knowing your language. The coolest part is that it works with all the applications on the smartphone. The new feature does remind you of Google’s Now on Tap for contextual information, which also lets you look up relevant information from any application on the smartphone.

Besides Tap to Translate, Google has also reduced the download size of the Offline Mode packages for different languages. “We know that many of you found the previous packages too big to download on unreliable data connections or to keep on your phone’s limited storage. That’s why we shrunk them by 90 percent, to a much more manageable 25MB each,” Google explains on its blog. The updated Offline Mode for Google Translate is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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  • Published Date: May 12, 2016 1:13 PM IST