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Google Translate system-wide translation allows for in-app translations, available soon on Android M

September 9
1:31 PM 2015

Google Translate app's latest version for Android phones comes with a new convenient system-wide translation that allows in-app translation. The app works hand-in-hand with the contextual selection function that works only in the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS for now.

Neurogadget reports that the new Android M is slated to pack in enhancements, bug fixes, and additional handy functionalities. Such are the apps permission, Doze battery-saving feature, Android Pay, native fingerprint support, and the new contextual selection feature.

The up-to-date Google Translate v4.3 takes full advantage of this new feature in Android M. Its system-wide translation function works alongside Android M's contextual selection to enable in-app translation.

The new Google Translate is designed to remove the inconvenience of copy-pasting text and switching between an app and Google Translate, according to Android Police. This means that users can select text from literally anywhere on the screen and do not have to switch to Google Translate. Instead, upon highlighting a word, a translate option shows beside it. By tapping "Translate", a text field pops-up where the user can input a word or sentence for immediate translation.

With Google Translate's new system-wide translation coupled with Android M's contextual selection feature, users can translate any highlighted word without having to leave an app they are using. Android Headlines reported that these will especially be beneficial to those who frequently travel across countries. International travelers can easily find translations of words they cannot understand without exiting from another app.

As of today, the Google Translate app feature of system-wide translation is only compatible with devices running Android M. However, Android M is still in its developer preview mode and is not yet officially released. Only a few people can try out the app for now.

Android M's awaited release is on the month of October, a few weeks from now. As soon as the new Google OS is launched to Android devices, more people will soon try and find the system-wide translation in Google translate helpful in allowing for convenient, on-the-dot translations.

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