Google Translate App should be number one on your packing list for this summer vacation!
When you visit a foreign country, it’s a good idea to know some of the local language. Otherwise, you could get lost or land yourself in a bit of trouble. And how else do you plan on ordering food or getting directions?
No matter where your travels take you, Google’s got you covered. At least, it’s got you covered in 27 languages with its newly updated, amazing Google Translate app.
You can download languages onto your device so that you can use the Translate app when you’re offline. This is helpful when you are travelling without an Internet connection.
Note: Downloading offline files is only available for Android devices.
Here are the steps to install the desired languages:
- Open the Translate app on your Android device .
- Touch a language name at the top of the screen.
- To the right of the language name, touch download . If you don’t see the download icon next to a language, it isn’t available for download.
- When the language has finished downloading, the pin next to the language will be dark grey and vertical .
Note: Offline language files are really big. To avoid potential delays or extra data usage charges, only download when you’re on Wi-Fi.
But its most handy, and impressive, tool is the six-month-old instant translation feature, using the goodies from the acquired Word Lens, that lets you point your camera at something written in another language, say a sign, and it’ll translate into your language in almost real-time.
Still, don’t expect this feature to work so great with full sentences! But you can always enter the text by hand and the app will do a decent job translating it.
The Google Translate Project
Julie Cattiau, product manager at Google Translate, talked about the Translate project as a whole: “Our mission is to help overcome language barriers. Whenever someone faces an obstacle due to encountering a second language, we want to be there to help solve the problem. Within that mission, our most important project is improving the quality of machine translation. But part of that is also the overall user experience, which is why we also invest in things like instant camera translation and multi-language conversation.”
Google Translate App in action
Google recently rolled out major improvements to its Translate app, including bumping up the languages from seven to 27. Check out the video below to see Google Translate in action.