Today, the Microsoft Translator team is announcing several new capabilities for the Microsoft Translator app on Android. Instant image translation, inline translation, and new downloadable language packs are all parts of a new update which is now rolling out to users of the app today.
While the new image translation capability has been available on iOS and Windows Phone for a while, the update means you Android users can now finally use the Microsoft Translator app on Android to translate text straight from your camera. This might be useful for instant translations of signs and menus, or even translations of posts from saved images from emails, the Internet or social media. As per Microsoft, image translation is available in the following languages:
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
The update and new release also introduces Inline Translation to the Android app. The new Inline Translation means you can translate short phrases, texts, or emails while still using your Android Phone. To use it, all you need to do is highlight the foreign phrase, open up "Other Options," and then choose "Translator" from the list.
Additionally, the new release and update adds 34 languages to the list of available downloaded language packs for use when you're not connected to the Internet. While these languages were added to iOS earlier this month, these new languages now brings the total list of supported languages on the Android version of the Microsoft Translator app to 43.
So, if you want these new features, it is best to hit that update button now! However, in the event that you do not have the app, and would still like to download it to try out these new features, we've included a download link below!