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Google Translate Stories May 12

The Google I/O 2022 keynote brought a lot of exciting announcements, but also a glaring mistake. While talking about Google Translate, the company showed the Arabic incorrectly.

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Google Translate Stories May 11

Google I/O is the tech giant’s annual chance to boast its wins, and also provide meaningful updates on where its various products stand. Below, we’ve collected some of the key numbers and metrics from Google I/O 2022.

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Google Translate has today confirmed support for a further 24 new languages and dialects on its online translation service.

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Google Translate Stories May 9

After hints of the feature coming as long ago as 2020, Google Translate is now saving your search history to your Google account.

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Google Translate Stories May 1

Following the iOS app in March, Google Translate for Android now has a homescreen widget that follows the latest Material You design language.

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Google Translate Stories April 1

Google Translate has been updated with a very neat quality-of-life improvement on Android that sees Gboard automatically update languages to improve text entry.

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Google Translate Stories March 10

Following Gmail at the start of this year, Google Drive is the latest iOS app to get new work-focused widgets, while there are also updates for Translate and Chat on iOS in the coming weeks.

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Google Translate Stories December 14, 2021

The Pixel 6 ushered in the final iteration of Material You on Android 12, as well as a redesigned Google Translate app that could take advantage of the Tensor chip. Now, that redesigned Google Translate app is heading to more Pixel phones.

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Google Translate Stories October 27, 2021

Google Translate, an Android app that has been long overdue for an overhaul, has gotten a Material You redesign this evening, but it may be exclusive to the Pixel 6.

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Google Translate Stories September 10, 2021

Ahead of Android 12’s launch later this year, our team has discovered that Google Translate has a Material You revamp in the works, it’s first major redesign in over five years — here’s an early look.

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Google Translate Stories August 6, 2021

Belarus Olympian used Google Translate to ask Japanese police for help before coerced flight

Last Saturday, Belarusian officials attempted to force sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya to leave Tokyo. The athlete revealed yesterday that she used Google Translate to reach out to Japanese authorities and avoid the flight from the Olympics.

Google Translate Stories April 5, 2021

Google Translate reaches 1 billion Play Store downloads

For years, Google Translate has been one of the better ways to quickly exchange information between two languages. Over the weekend, the Google Translate app for Android reached a whopping 1 billion downloads on the Play Store.

Google Translate Stories November 19, 2020

Google Translate talks turkey with new Thanksgiving easter egg

Thanksgiving is just a week away in the United States, and to prepare, Google Translate has launched a new easter egg to help you “talk turkey.”

Google Translate Stories August 11, 2020

Google’s Gboard keyboard has been picking up a bunch of new features over the past several days, and now, it’s rolling out another. Real-time translation is coming to Gboard for voice dictation, and it’s rolling out now for Android users.

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Google Translate Stories July 22, 2020

Google Translate for Android gets tweaked dark theme, widely rolling out

Back in February, some Google Translate users on Android received a dark theme. That look never widely rolled out, but a new, modified version is now available.

Google Translate Stories March 17, 2020

In January, Google previewed an “almost real-time translator” for long-form speech. Google Translate’s new Transcribe mode is now beginning to roll out on Android.

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Google Translate Stories February 26, 2020

Google Translate may not always give a perfect translation between different tongues, but it’s still a tool millions of people rely on daily. Today, Google is announcing that Translate is adding five new languages, it’s first expansion in the past few years.

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Google Translate Stories February 24, 2020

Google Translate to only save translation history when you’re signed in

With its Material Theme revamp, Google Translate on the web saw the built-in “History” feature get more prominent placement. An upcoming change will see translation history only appear and be saved when you’re signed in with your Google Account.

Google Translate Stories February 5, 2020

Google Translate is a very powerful tool, and a popular app on both Android devices and iOS, too. Now, it looks like Google is finally rolling out dark mode support for Google Translate on both platforms.

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Google Translate Stories January 28, 2020

Back in September, we spotted work on a “Continuous Translation” feature in the Translate app on Android. Google today previewed its “almost real time translator” for long-form speech called “Transcribe.”

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Google Translate Stories November 13, 2019

When traveling abroad, mapping and translation are likely your two most-used apps. Google is now integrating Maps and Translate “closer together” with a new translator feature that pronounces place names and addresses.

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Google Translate Stories September 11, 2019

During the Android Q Betas, Google Translate’s “Tap to Translate” did not work. Following Android 10’s launch last week, a new version of the app fixes the feature and makes it more subtle. Meanwhile, version 6.2 hints at a continuously audio translation mode.

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Google Translate Stories July 15, 2019

Android Q is poised to bring a vast swath of smaller quality-of-life changes to our phones. The latest change discovered in a leaked release of Android Q is that Google Translate is being directly integrated with the Recents view, via the Pixel Launcher.

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Google Translate Stories July 10, 2019

The latest iteration of Google Lens announced at I/O 2019 features a convenient Translate filter. Google is now bringing that updated functionality to the full Google Translate app with a revamped UI, auto-detect, and more languages.

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Google Translate Stories May 10, 2019

Durning the I/O 2019 keynote, Google Translate made an appearance in the new Lens interface, as well as in Google Go. The dedicated Translate app for Android is now working on “New camera translation” that benefits from several advancements.

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Google Translate Stories May 1, 2019

Google Translate is often underappreciated, but it’s one of the most useful products the company offers. Its live camera translation is especially impressive, but in recent weeks, that functionality has been broken for many Google Translate users on Android with the error code “E-810.”

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Google Translate Stories February 14, 2019

At CES 2019, Google announced interpreter mode for Google Home speakers and Smart Displays. The Assistant feature began rolling out earlier this month, and is now fully available for consumers as Google talks up the benefits for concierge and hotels.

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Google Translate Stories February 2, 2019

Next to Search and YouTube, Google Translate is one of the company’s most well-known and genuinely useful tools. The service is the star of Google’s 2019 Super Bowl commercial, and aims to be heartfelt with a message of bringing people together.

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Google Translate Stories January 9, 2019

Wikipedia integrates Google Translate into article translation tool for editors

Wikipedia is widely leveraged throughout Google products, including in Knowledge Panels used by Search, Assistant, and Home, as well as for fact checks in YouTube. Wikimedia is now integrating Google Translate with its built-in tool for editors to create articles in more languages.

Google Translate Stories December 6, 2018

Last month, Google Translate received the Google Material Theme on the web along with a responsive design. In line with other company-wide efforts to “promote fairness and reduce bias in machine learning,” Google Translate will now provide feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words.

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Google Translate Stories November 28, 2018

First spotted in October, Google Translate’s Google Material Theme is now widely rolling out on the web. Besides adopting Google’s new look for apps, the site also features a responsive design.

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Google Translate Stories October 13, 2018

Over the past year, the number of Google Assistant headphones available have proliferated. This, unfortunately, is not due to the success of Pixel Buds, but rather various brands adding one-tap access to notifications and Google Search on Android. All these headphones now support the Pixel Buds real-time translation feature.

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Google Translate Stories October 10, 2018

Google Translate adds support for 13 new Camera Translation languages

Back in June, Google Translate was able to run the more advanced Neural Machine Translations entirely offline on Android and iOS. Today, the app’s Camera Translation features is adding support for 13 additional languages.

Google Translate Stories October 4, 2018

Translation history, Material Theme for Google Translate rolling out on web

Since Google I/O earlier this year, dozens of the company’s products have been getting updated to the latest Material Design cues. Now, the latest addition to the list is rolling out with a Google Translate redesign on web, including the Google Material Theme and a new feature for the web client.

Google Translate Stories July 20, 2018

Back in 2016, Google Translate began leveraging Neural Machine Translation to drastically improve the quality of translations. Just last month, Google announced that NMT now works completely offline on mobile. The service is now seeing an odd occurrence where inputting gibberish outputs readable passages.

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Google Translate Stories June 12, 2018

When Google Translate began using Neural Machine Translation in late 2016, the service improved “more in a single leap” than in the last ten years combined. That technology now works completely offline in 59 languages and is rolling out this month to Android and iOS.

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Google Translate Stories March 6, 2018

Version 5.16 of Google Translate began rolling out earlier last month with only minor changes to settings. However, as part of a server-side update that occurred recently, the app has redesigned its primary translation controls with a focus on simplicity.

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Google Translate Stories November 16, 2017

How to use Google Pixel Buds to translate foreign languages in real-time

While the Pixel Buds are primarily meant to be used as Bluetooth headphones, Google did include a feature that allows them to translate over 40 different languages in real-time. Here’s how to use it, just as long as it’s paired with a Pixel or Pixel 2

Google Translate Stories October 31, 2017

On the Pixel and Pixel 2, Pixel Buds enable a futuristic real-time translation feature. As we near its November release, the latest version of Google Translate adds several strings describing how Pixel Buds will work, as well as more about an upcoming “Word of the Day” feature and new handwriting UI.

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Google Translate Stories April 25, 2017

India is a big market for Google, with the company creating a number of new products specifically for the country. Today, Google released a number of Translate and language-focused updates for Chrome, Search, and more.

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Google Translate Stories April 24, 2017

Google reviews are now automatically translated to your device’s default language

Google has announced today that reviews in Google Maps and Search will now be automatically translated to your device’s default language.

Google Translate Stories March 27, 2017

Google Translate received a minor update today to version 5.8, bringing easy-to-access definitions for translated words, a quick account switcher like that found in most of Google’s other first-party Android apps, some new strings referencing China, and (assumably) the usual bug fixes…

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Google Translate Stories January 26, 2017

Google Translate Android app can now do live Word Lens translations from Japanese

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your smartphone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.

Google Translate Stories December 13, 2016

You will soon be able to play a version of Final Fantasy IV translated entirely with Google Translate

Japan is a thriving country for RPGs (Role-Play Games), but most of them unfortunately remain unaccessible to a lot people due to the language barrier. However, some hardcore enthusiasts don’t give up, and this time one of them offered a rather creative solution…

Google Translate Stories November 16, 2016


Google Translate is ten years old and in that time, it’s grown quite a bit and gotten increasingly accurate. However, Google made a giant step in improving translations earlier this year through the use of machine learning. Now that project is expanding…

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Google Translate Stories September 27, 2016


Google is increasingly adding machine learning to many of its core products. The latest to benefit is Translate with a new Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) system that reduces errors by 55% to 85%. The system is already in use 18 million times per day with the notoriously hard language pairing of Chinese to English.

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Google Translate Stories May 11, 2016


Google Translate is getting a bevy of new features today that will make translating on mobile easier. Android gets a new feature that will get rid of the need to manually copy and paste into the Translate app, while iOS finally gets an offline mode. Additionally, the Word Lens instant visual translation feature now works on both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

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Google Translate Stories February 17, 2016

Google Translate adds 13 new languages bringing total to 103

Today’s addition of 13 new languages brings the total number of languages Google Translate understands to 103. The update allows 120 million more people around the world to use the service and will be rolling out over the next couple of days to the web and mobile apps.

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