Thursday , October 19 2017

Google Translate goes offline

Google Translate
Google has announced that their popular Google Translate Android app has gone offline. In the past, the Google Translate app has required an internet connection to translate what you wanted, but now you can set the app to download offline languages with a choice of 50 languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh. To download the offline language packs simply go into your Google Translate Android App and go to the menu and select ‘Offline Languages’, you can then indicate which languages you wish to have installed on your device.

Translate Goes Offline
It works pretty well and the offline mode is a very welcome change. I’ve noticed specifically with LG and their Q-Translator app and Samsungs newly announced S-Translate app that their main advantage is the ability to translate offline by using downloadable language packs. This update from Google sees this ability come free to the Translate app and the ability is very much needed when you arrive in a new country and may not have a data connection sorted out.

What are your thoughts on the new offline Google Translate – Can it compete with Q-Translator and S-Translate?

 

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10 Comments on "Google Translate goes offline"

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Peter__
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Alternatively maybe Google should just cut straight to the chase and set up their own mobile networks with reasonable overseas roaming rates. From their POV more people on the internet=more people using Google products =more money for Google.

David Anderton
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Awesome but I wish this happened 6 months ago. Now Google needs to make navigation work offline.

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

Navigation offline? That’s a hard ask.

David Anderton
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not that hard, If you have the area downloaded offline I don’t see any reason why you can’t already do it?

Adam
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Adam

Not a hard task if they have a downloadable region, or say, a 500km radius from a chosen city..

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

How would it work though? Honestly, if your gps is offline and so is data, then all you’ve got is a map that doesn’t know where to go?

David Anderton
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Your GPS does t need to be offline.

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

True that, never thought about it that way, so therefore not using up your network data?

David Anderton
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Yep

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

Thanks for clearing that up.

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