Among the many useful applications of your smartphone, we have to point out its capacity to get you out of tight spots in the event of language problems. For instance, if you travel abroad and you need to communicate in a foreign language or you don’t understand how to program your VHS recorder to record your favorite TV show.
And all the latter thanks to different translation applications for Android that you can download for free to your smartphone or tablet. There are loads of them around but probably the most popular one is Google’s online translator. Basically, because you’ve probably used it thousands of times to find out how to say something in Spanish, German or French.
An Android translator compatible with dozens of languages
Ever since the first version of Google Translate was released, it has been in constant evolution, correcting all its flaws. Nowadays, it’s one of the best apps to translate voice and text because not only does it support a huge number of languages and a vast vocabulary but it’s also capable of completing translations very quickly.
These are its main features and functions:
- Translate between 103 languages.
- Built-in translations: select the text within any application to receive an immediate translation.
- Offline translation: over 52 languages available even without an Internet connection.
- Instant photo translations: using your smartphone’s camera you can translate words and texts to over 30 languages.
- Bidirectional translation function for conversations.
- Support for handwriting: draw and translate handwritten characters in over 90 languages.
- Highlight and save translations in any language to use them again in the future.
- Copy translations to the clipboard and share them with other contacts.
English-Spanish, English-French, English-German, German-Russian… There are thousands of possible combinations.
As you can imagine, with so many compatible languages you’ll definitely find the most popular and internationally used languages such as English, Spanish, Chinese, French or German. However, there’s also room for minority languages of the likes of Corsican, Pashto, Kurdish or Samoan. You can even translate dead languages such as Latin.
How do Google’s offline translations work?
Since we can’t always have a data or WiFi connection available to connect to, the offline translation function can get us out of more than one tight spot. Once we install the app, we’ll be asked about which is our must usual translation pair so it downloads the languages we use the most.
In any case, we might want to access other languages and for such purpose, we have to go to the app’s options and choose Offline Translation. There we’ll find language packages that we can download for free so we don’t have to depend on an Internet connection if we need to translate a text urgently.