Google Translate app updated bringing offline mode, instant camera translation from Chinese and more

Google Translate app has just received a new major update yesterday bringing it to version 5.0. The new major update brings a lot of great and new features. From now on Google Translate now works without an Internet connection, allowing you to translate words, phrases and sentences in 52 of the 103 supported languages when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection available.

The instant camera translation feature, called Word Lens, now works with Chinese: it reads both to and from English, both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. This feature is ideal for traveling: you just point your camera at, say, a restaurant sign in a foreign language and witness the appropriate translation appear like magic in live video feed.

Offline translations
Offline mode uses downloadable language packs, each coming in at a couple tens of megabytes. “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,” explains Google. “That’s why we shrunk them by 90 percent, to a much more manageable 25 MB each.”

To set up the new offline mode, tap the gear icon in the tab area alongside the bottom and then tap the new Offline Translation section. On the next screen, tap the arrow next to the language name to download its package for offline translation. And with today’s addition of a Filipino language pack, the app’s offline feature now supports 52 of the 103 available languages for translation.
It’s pretty straightforward, you simply copy the text and Google Translate instantly brings up a prompt right there.

You can download Google Translate app for free via the App Store.

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