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NewsPoster Mar 27, 2013 05:17 PM
Google Translate for Android gains offline pack support
A recent update the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282021==https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&hl=en " rel='nofollow'>Google Translate</a> application for Android 2.3 or greater has added the ability to use offline language packages when a connection to the Internet is neither practical nor cost-effective. The offline packs are called "less comprehensive than their online equivalents" on a blog post announcing the new feature, and weigh in at about 125MB per package. Languages listed as now available are French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.<br />
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<em>Electronista</em> tried the Spanish and French offline package on a Galaxy S III and found it suitable for navigation, finding basic services, and most general uses for a traveller. Very specific terms or scientific terminology were missed, but translated properly with the online version of the translation library.<br />
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Also added to the app with this revision is vertical text translation of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean when used in conjunction with a device camera. An iOS version supporting the offline packages is not yet available.
 
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