Ever since Google launched the web-based Play Store, it has been iterating rapidly to improve the experience. Now that there are more apps in the store than you can shake a phone at, you're more likely to run into one with a description written in a language other than your own. With that in mind, it's pretty cool that Google has chosen to quietly deploy Google Translate in the Play Store.


If you land on an app listing in another language, you might see the Translate bar right above the description. It will read, "Translate the description into [LANGUAGE] using Google Translate?" In this example [LANGUAGE] is replaced by whatever your default language happens to be. If you click the translation option, the bar then reads, "Translate the description back to [LANGUAGE]." Here, [LANGUAGE] is the original one the description was created in.

The Play Store app started doing this back in November, but this is the first time we've noticed the option showing up as part of the Play Store online. Chrome users are probably used to Google Translate bars popping up from time to time, but this change makes the store more usable for users of any browser. There are a few examples linked below so you can check out the feature. As an interesting side note, one of the apps we saw this working on is not foreign, but the description has a lot of stars that makes Translate think it's Chinese. Nice try, Google.

[Play Store: 1, 2]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://canerk.com/ Caner Kamburoglu

    It's definitely not new.

  • eraaad

    Wondering whats Google doing right now.. usually they update stuff every day, havent heard much in the last time.. probably preparing a thousand things for the new presentation.

    Like the last time.. we got a new phone.. and a new tablet.. and a nexus q.. and some glasses.. and speakers.. and whatever

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What stuff are you talking about that they update every day that they're not updating now?

  • http://youtube.com/totoocyber Tony Balt

    not new man :)

  • Chris

    I'd rather not see foreign apps at all.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Even if the apps are great and support your language?

  • JG

    If the app description is in [language] wouldn't the app also likely be in [language]? So if I need gTranslate to figure out what the app does... wouldn't it be likely I wouldn't really get much use out of the app itself as I probably won't be able to understand it?

    On a related(?) tangent.... Is there an easy way to get into another country's Play Store? My German is becoming VERY rusty & I thought I'd try to see what German TV series they had up. I managed to get the Play Store web site to talk to me in German, but it was all US shows - I even got the option of "More From BBC-America" when I clicked on Doctor Who (judging by their name, I doubt they serve Germany too). I was hoping for actual German shows, but I figured watching the dubbed version of Doctor Who could be useful to - having seen the English version I might not be so clueless when watching the Deutsche.

    • PhilNelwyn

      An app may support a lot of languages, but developpers are not going to write a description including translations for all of them.