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.

What's New?

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.

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If your language made the list, this is cool stuff. Otherwise, all there is to see here are bug fixes.

What's new:

  • 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+)

MD5: 07e20e721013ca3a220ca9ba03eac01a

Thanks, Martin Born.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Chuck

    What we need now is a pen. I am taking about the likes of Jot Script digital pen, not a manufacturer and device specific pen like the Galaxy Note.

    Check out the Jot Script pen, which unfortunately only available for ios.

  • Gé den Bok

    And the translation sucks as ever...

    • joser116

      In my opinion, it has gotten worse than before.

  • CBNforum

    First Evernote and now Google Translate.... more reason to love my Note 3 with the S--pen.

    • My name is….

      Yes, we poor people have to use that awful keyboards with auto-correction and next-word-prediction.

      I dont know how we live without a pen.

    • SSDROiD

      I also have a Note 3 and honestly, I could do without Evernote. But the Gods of pre-installing software disagree with me! :P

  • Alphajoe

    Awww, no Chinese / Mandarin?

  • a

    why not URDU