Google Translate Update Brings Offline Language Packs; Play Movies App Updated To Support Info Cards

Last night, Google released an update for its Google Translate app introducing the ability to translate text even in offline mode. The new feature supports more than 50 different languages including Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Users will need to manually download and install the offline language pack for each individual language. The size of each language pack varies between 150-200MB. Keep in mind that these offline language packs won’t be as accurate as the online version, but still should be enough to get the job done. This new feature will work on all Android devices running Android 2.3 or higher.


Apart from this, Google also updated the Play Movies and TV app to add support for info cards. Info cards automatically show relevant information about the characters on-screen, their age, recent work etc. whenever a user pauses a movie while watching it. As of now, this feature will work with hundreds of movies, but Google is working on adding support for thousands of them and on Android 4.0+ devices only.

Both the app updates are already live in the Play Store, and can be downloaded right away!

Via – Google

Google Translate And Tweet Lanes For Android Get Feature-Rich Updates

Over the last couple of days, a couple of popular Android apps have received major updates. First in the list is Google Translate that now allows users to click a picture, brush the text, and watch it get translated in your desired language.

In addition to this, users will now get instant translations for their text entry instead of entering a text, pressing the ‘Translate’ button and then wait for the translated text to show up.

There are some other minor changes as well, which can be seen in the change-log below -:

  • Use camera to take a picture and brush text to translate (available on Android 2.3 and above).
  • Get instant translation results as you type.
  • Choose dialect preference for speech input.
  • Japanese handwriting now recognizes multiple characters at once.
  • Added access network state permission to check network availability when sending requests.

If you are going to a country whose language you are unfamiliar with, don’t forget to install Google Translate on your handset.

Second in the list is Tweet Lanes, a new Twitter client for Android. The app has gained quite a lot of attention and spot light over the last few weeks, thanks to an excellent developer who has been working hard on adding new features and polishing the app. The latest update to Tweet Lanes adds quite a lot of much-needed features like Direct Messages support, ability to pinch-to-zoom and double-tap on image viewer, improved layout, and some bug fixes. The whole change-log of the app can be found here, and the app can be downloaded for free from here.

Swiftkey 3 Beta 3 Released; Google Maps and Translate Also Updated

If you own an Android handset, chances are you must be using Swiftkey X keyboard. The keyboard has awesome prediction abilities, and actually learns your typing style as time passes by. A couple of months ago, the Swiftkey team had released a new beta version of their keyboard known as Swiftkey 3.

The new version brought about a slightly redesigned layout, a better prediction system, a bigger space bar with an intelligent space bar prediction system that will totally eliminate the use of the space bar. While the keyboard does not really eliminate the use of the space bar, the new improved prediction system is definitely a noticeable improvement over Swiftkey X.

Swiftkey 3 is still in beta though, and a new beta of the keyboard was released yesterday. The new beta fixes some bugs, improves the prediction algorithms and provides a much better and consistent punctuation key behavior. There are some other bug-fixes and changes as well. Here is the full change-low of the beta 3 update -:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
Interested readers can download the Swiftkey 3 beta for free from their VIP forums by signing up.
Two popular apps from Google – Maps and Translate – have also received an update. The new update for Google Maps brings with it reviews of popular places from your friends or experts, and Zagat scores and summaries for popular places. The update for Google Translate brings with it a Holo themed UI, an updated icon, and many “new text to speech languages.”

Translate Google+ into More Than 50 Languages

A good number of friends in my Google Plus circle share links or add posts that are in regional languages. The posts become useless, at least for me, since I do not understand the language. This becomes an issue, and generally people get annoyed, especially when a post looks interesting and worth a read.

When it comes to translation of text or a website to English or  any other  language, Google Translate serves the best. However, it’s more like a pain to copy-paste text from Plus to Google Translate, to understand what exactly the content is all about. Well, now that isn’t an issue anymore.

Leading frontend and mobile development for Google Translate Josh Estelle  , announced in a post that the Google Translate team have developed and come up with a Chrome extension called “Google Translate for Google+”, which uses the power of Google Translate, to automatically translate any post into more than 50 languages.

The extension basically saves Plus users from having to open the Google Translate page and translate the post into another language. The Chrome extension is available at the Chrome Web Store. Click here to install it.

After having the extension installed and refreshing your Google Plus page, you should notice a Translatelink button next to the Commentand Sharelink buttons.

Google Plus Translate

The extension works incredibly well, just like the Google Translate feature. When you click on the Translatelink button, the post gets translated instantly, without reloading the page. By default, the extension sets yellow as the background color for the translated text. However, you can change the color to any of the 12  available  colors  in the extension options.

You can also change the default language that you want to translate a post. Also make sure you have checked the Always Add to Google+option. This will always add the translate feature (translate link button) to all the posts in your stream.

Google Plus Translate

However,  Josh also  mentioned  that – “the extension is currently  experimental, as we figure out the best way to integrate translation into the Google+ community.” So if you have any suggestions or idea to  improve  the extension, you can add a comment here, or send feedback by clicking the Send Feedbackbutton.

Google Translate Beatbox Rocks, Listen and Rock

If you haven’t heard it yet you should do it at-least once. It’s a fascinating way to understand how a computer can do something as good as a human being.

Google Translate apparently dishes out music in a beatbox format when you try to convert "pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk pv kkkkkkkkkk bschk" from German to German, however the fun is only when you hit the Listen button

Don’t believe me? Go ahead to this link and hit the listen button then. Have fun.

Well you can have more fun with beatbox, try this out "pvz zkz pvz pvz zkz pvz zkz kzz zkz pvz pvz pvz zkz pvz zkz zkz pzkz pzkz pvzkpkzvpvzkz kkkkkkz bsch "

Instant Translation and Text to Speech in Google Translate

Google Translate has added some exciting new features to the already feature rich translation engine. Two of the worthwhile features include a instant translation engine, which translates text as you type and a text to speech converter, which will allow users to listen to the translated text.


With the introduction of instant translation, you can view the translated text as soon as you type it. This in turn will save users a lot of time as you don’t have to wait for the translation to happen by clicking the translate button.


In addition to that, when you are converting text to English from another language, you will be able to listen to the text as an audio. This can be helpful to people who are trying to learn English.

Overall the new features are pretty good and makes Google Translate one of the best translation engines available today. Watch the video below to learn about the new features in Google Translate.

Google Translator Gadget For Translating Your Website

If you write your blog in one language, don’t expect only people who know that language to stop by. Some visitors to your website may not understand the language you write in.

In such cases translation tools help those readers to convert the webpage into a language they understand. This makes reading information much more easy for them.

There are several ways in which you can offer translations to your users. If you are looking for a even better tool, Google has just announced a website translator gadget that is definitely much more smarter than the regular ones right now.

To install the website translator gadget to your blog, visit this page and copy the text to the header of your template.


After you have copied the text to your template upload the file to your server for the changes to take effect.

Once the code is in place, Google will automatically detect the users language based on the browser settings and display an option to translate the page to their language.


Once they click on the translate button the webpage will be translated without the user leaving your site. Google Translate currently supports translation between 51 languages making it a good fit for webmasters with traffic from several countries.

Translate your website with Google [Official Google Blog]

Translate PDF Files and Office Documents

The Google Operating System blog reports that a new features has been added to Google Translate which will allow users to translate Files and Office Documents (Microsoft Word etc) using the translation engine.

Definitely useful if you have downloaded a PDF file or a office document that is in a language you do not understand.

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