Many Google apps received a redesign in time for the launch of KitKat, but the Google Translate app was not one of them. Well, its day is fast approaching. The app is now receiving an update that introduces a new look and other tweaks.

What's New?

The camera, microphone, and handwriting input options have been moved to the top, and results appear in a clean list below. This should make getting useful translations that much easier.

The update introduces more language support for the app's handwriting feature, so users can manually write words in Esperanto, Hebrew, or Japanese and expect results. In addition to that, the camera translation feature, where users can take a photo of text and highlight which words to translate, now has support for Malay and Ukrainian.

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The update is scheduled to roll out today and tomorrow, but if you don't want to wait, hit up the mirror below.

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.translate-3.0.apk.

Version: 3.0 (for Android 2.3+).

MD5: bcbd5f9984b654534126729f0c9a1156.

Source: Inside Search blog

Thanks, Chris Martinez!

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  • Hotzigetty

    It kinda looks like the iOS version now.

    • Tills13


    • Ivan

      What better than that... So glad they follow iOS style :-)

    • Leonardo Baez

      actually is google now card style

  • GreatNews


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

      Up now.

      • GreatNews


  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Conversation screen looks a bit iOS-y for some reason, haha. But the overall redesign is really good, much cleaner and with nice, smooth animations. I don't see any functionality gone as well, which often happens with big updates like this. Good job.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I think it looks more Google Now-y. :D

      • Mr.Roboto

        I love it. This Holo 2.0 - Card UI and Holo fusion - is beautiful. If more apps get updated to use it like the Play Store and the Play Apps does it, I will LOVE IT!

  • HDScorpio

    Still waiting for Klingon

    • Mr.Roboto


    • El_Pianista


  • Josh Estelle

    The new languages for handwriting input are actually Greek, Esperanto, Hebrew, and *Javanese* (your post says Japanese, which has been available for quite some time)


  • Ivan

    Apps become looking better and better... I think finally they follow iOS style.. Which i PREFER A LOT than this ugly android style.. Love it.. :-) Twitter v5, Google translate, Facebook messenger and more.... finally looks beautiful :-) Go devs make it, the way it should be! :-)))

    • Morten Ulveseth

      Cards are iOS now?

      • Ivan

        No. Clean, simple and beautiful look :-)

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          iOS is for girls. And transsexuals.

  • Leonardo Baez

    lol to the 2nd screen.

    That translation is pretty bad

    • disqus_5WNzR6XWBG

      The thing is they can make the app look as pretty as they want, but GTranslate is still an incredible far cry from like ... the Star Trek Universal Translator. It's OK for individual words, but once you start hitting sentences it starts getting rough.

  • cdlq456

    Dat spanish translation

  • Petros

    Hi guys. Will i still be getting updates from the play store if install the apk from here?

    • Мартин


  • vwbeetlvr

    So now I know, the translation of freakin is maldito. I hear that term used in slang all the time, got the gist of what it meant, now I know exactly what it means! L0L.

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