People heading abroad on travel will now have a much easier time asking where the bathroom is and ordering dinner, thanks to the new offline translation support in the Android edition of Google Translate.
Google Translate on Android has added offline support for 50 languages, meaning that users will no longer need to be connected to the internet to access the translations. This will be a big plus for those traveling to countries where Internet connectivity is expensive or even hard to come by.
Users will still need an Internet connection to initially download the packages, but after that, everything will be at hand in the packages. These packages contain fewer translations than what’s included in the online versions, but once downloaded, they are available any time, anywhere, with no Internet required.
Google: ‘Perfect for Translating in a Pinch’
“While the offline models are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they are perfect for translating in a pinch when you are traveling abroad with poor reception or without mobile data access,” the Google Translate Team wrote in an official blog post.
The update is available only for Android. It can be downloaded on Google Play by users with devices running Android 2.3 or later. There has been no word on whether a similar feature for iOS is on the horizon.