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This article was published on October 7, 2015

Translating text in Android apps is about to get a lot easier

Translating text in Android apps is about to get a lot easier
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Along with improved battery life and Google Now on Tap, Android Marshmallow will bring users another useful feature: the ability to translate text they come across in a range of apps.

Devices running Marshmallow who have Google’s Translate app installed will be able to translate text in 90 languages right within apps that support Android’s text selection behavior.

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As shown in these demos, it’ll work on displayed text as well as anything you type in. You’ll be able to view the translation in a pop-up, change target language and have it read out loud.

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For those apps that don’t use Android’s selection functionality, the company has detailed instructions on how to integrate translation options.

➤ In-app translations in Android Marshmallow [Android Developers Blog]

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