The Google update fairy is making her rounds today, and one app to feel the effect of her wand is Google Translate. The new features are pretty straightforward, but for many of you, that won't make this release any less exciting.
Translate now supports handwriting in thirteen new languages. Instead of typing in characters, you can now scribble away and watch as Google recognizes your characters in Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, and Telugu.
If your language made the list, this is cool stuff. Otherwise, all there is to see here are bug fixes.
- Improved stability. Fixed crash bugs.
- Handwriting for more languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Telugu
The changelog has updated on the Play Store page, but that doesn't mean the update's rolling out to your device just yet. Here are a few mirrors to speed things along.
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-3.0.5.apk
File Size: 3.34 MB
Version: 3.0.5 (Android 2.3+)
Thanks, Martin Born.