Google Translate is a very useful tool. I have used it several times to translate non-English text to English text, mostly on websites. So far the translation are very good. There is one problem, it requires an active internet connection. Now, Google is offering Google Translate for Android in offline version. How does it work ?
Today we’re launching offline language packages for Google Translate on Android (2.3 and above) with support for fifty languages, from French and Spanish to Chinese and Arabic.
You can select [Offline Languages] in the app menu to see all the offline language packages available for download. To enable offline translation between any two languages, you just need to select them in the offline languages menu. Once the packages are downloaded, you’re good to go.
Source: Google Android Blog
As explained in Official Google Android blog, basically user who have Google Translate App on their Android, must download offline database of their chosen language to enable offline translation. I have not tested this feature personally, but I assume it is going to be quite a big download.
However, I am sure it is worth the download, because we can then translate any text we need without an active internet connection. Very useful if you are travelling a lot.
Currently there are 50 languages to choose from, including French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. It should cover most world languages.
Check the offline feature yourself by downloading the Google Translate App if you have not already done so.
Image Credit : Google Official Android Blog