Google Translate is set to become more useful, both on Android and iOS. On Android, Translate is getting a feature called “Tap to Translate” where you can translate text within any app, instead of switching apps.


It works by translating whatever is in your clipboard, like a chat, comment or song lyric, then you can paste the translated result back into your app or conversation.

On iOS, the app is catching up to Android by getting Offline Mode. Google has compressed the offline packages by 90%, so now each offline translation package is 25MB each. To set up Offline Mode on iOS, tap the arrow next to the language you want, which includes a new Filipino language pack to bring the amount of offline languages to 52.

Finally, Google is adding a Word Lens in Chinese. You can translate from and to English with Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Like all Word Lens languages, it too works offline.

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