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This article was published on December 16, 2015

Google will soon let you translate messages in other languages without switching apps

Google will soon let you translate messages in other languages without switching apps
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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At today’s Google for India event in New Delhi, Google’s vice president for product management Caesar Sengupta showed off a sexy upcoming feature in the company’s Translate service, which makes messaging in multiple languages a lot easier.

Sengupta said, “Our most active users in India translate between Hindi and English multiple times a day, spending lots of time copying messages from friends or colleagues, translating them, writing responses, translating their responses, and then pasting them back into an app.”

If that sounds like you, you’re in luck. The company’s Tap to Translate feature lets you copy any text on your Android device — including messages in one-one or group conversations — and translates it for you in a floating window.

Google's Tap to Translate makes it easy to understand and reply to messages in other languages
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Google’s Tap to Translate makes it easy to understand and reply to messages in other languages

Plus, you can compose and copy a translated reply to send back — all without leaving the app you’re using. It not only works with languages in other scripts, but also in other languages typed in English.

Tap to Translate is expected to arrive on Android devices in the first quarter of 2016.

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