Having a vacation in another country? If you are not familiar with the language used in that country then you might want to install Google Translate on your Android device. Previously this app needed a connection to the Internet to work however Google has updated it to support offline language translation. This means that even if you are in area without any Internet access you will still be able to communicate with the locals.
Google said that the offline version is less comprehensive than the online equivalent however this is a small price to pay for someone needing a quick translation service. We expect Google to enhance this in the future so it will be at par with its online counterpart.
You can now download the new version of Google Translate for free over at Google Play. You will need a device running on at least Android 2.1 MB as well as a storage space of 6.7 MB.
Some of the features of the this app includes
- Translate text and speech between more than 60 languages
- Listen to your translations spoken aloud
- Input using your voice, handwriting, and camera
- Save your favorite translations for quick, offline access
- View dictionary results for single words or phrases
- Translate without a network connection with our offline language packages
As far as support for languages goes they are Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish.
Here’s how the offline mode works. Select offline languages from the app menu to get a list of all the language packs available for download. You should download the language packs of the two languages you would like to translate between. Of course you are going to need an Internet connection to do this so you have to do this prior to your travel.