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Today's update to Google Translate probably won't affect most of our American readers, but if you live in or frequently travel to India, you're going to get a lot of use out of it. The update to version 3.0.6 adds spoken translation support for Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, all widely spoken in different parts of the Indian subcontinent and other locations in Southeast Asia.

What’s New

Many in the western hemisphere think that Hindi is the official language of India, and it is (along with English). But India is enormous, both in terms of geography and population, and it has one of the most diverse linguistic topographies of any country on Earth. Only about 40% of India's population speaks Hindi natively, with the rest being divided among different dialects and regions. Today's Google Translate update allows native speakers of Hindi and seven other Indian languages to speak directly into the app and translate their words into text for other supported languages. (These languages were previously available in text-only translations.)

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Old on the left, new on the right.

In addition to the language updates, the app has re-shuffled a few of the options: help and feedback are now combined into one item, and the Product tour option (the slideshow you see when you first open the app) is no longer available as a separate selection. Translate now tells you how data-heavy each language pack will be when you download them for offline use. It will also tell you when a download is in progress.

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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-3.0.6.apk

Version : 3.0.6 (Android 2.3+)

MD5 : a5346b039f1ec951a986ea1e8ef217ca

  1. AndroidFileHost mirror
  2. ZippyShare mirror
  3. MediaFire mirror
  4. MEGA mirror

Update: Version 3.0.7 hit shortly after, and it looks like a quick bug fixer. Here is a mirror.

Thanks, Brandon Peters!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • karthik nayak

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  • ran

    Where is the Maps 8.1 update?! Google is taking too long to push it to everyone

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Maps... I still don't have the newest Play Store!
      (And it's been 3 weeks already.)

      • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

        Well, APKs ftw! :D

        • Tomáš Petrík

          I know, I know... :)
          If I really wanted it that bad, I would have done that a long time ago. I am just saying that they are really taking their time with the staged rollouts.

  • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

    I downloaded and installed the update, yet, the voice for Hindi isn't supported. No idea why. :/

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      That's strange. Try clearing the data in the app settings menu.

      • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

        That did the trick. Works now.

        • Mandeep Singh

          Give it some time
          It will be ok

          • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

            Haha! I'm not OCDing over it anyway. :D

  • ‘MERICA!

    "won't affect most of our American readers"
    "Many in the western hemisphere think that..."

    Haha. What is that statistic about Americans not locating their own country on a map.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      My best friend is from Gujarat. If it wasn't for him, I would have assumed that everyone from India spoke Hindi.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Hah, two of my best friends are from Gujarat (they're cousins.) In fact, the everyone in my closest group of my college friends is from Gujarat, though I live in India myself. :P

      • Mandeep Singh

        Well there are actually 88 nationally recognised languages in india
        So no not all people speak hindi in india

      • Aravind Arsenal

        Actually we have 1635 languages(out of them 30 are big) ;)

      • TJKV

        I was wondering where that wonderful insight in the second paragraph came from :D

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Regardless Michael, I'm really happy that you said that. I was really impressed by it. Kudos to you! Thanks for the post :)

  • Karan Pratap Singh

    This is great news! :) This will help foreign tourists who interact with the local people who might not know english.

  • Harsha

    >Many in the western hemisphere think that Hindi is the official language of India, and it is

    Thank you @Michael Crider. Many think Hindi is national language in Indian where actually there is no such thing.

    • Subhojit

      God! You guys will never get over this, didn't even spare this forum!

      • wq

        Its a fact, you moron. You're the one who needs to get over it.

        • Subhojit

          Did I hurt your @%%?

        • Subhojit

          go FUCK yourself

  • Vikramaditya

    Tunak tunak tun!

  • mwolverine

    Tried clearing data, uninstall and reinstall but it still says voice input not supported.

  • tejajuloori

    'hindi voice input not supported', apk doesn't seem work, on android 4.4.2 CM11-M6 At&t S3, tried clearing data too

  • Anirudh Niyogi

    Yes I installed and cleared Data as well ! still no voice input ! .

  • http://byazrov.ru/ Photographer

    Yandex translate or Yandex dictionaries are much better. It has more options and gives better translations and auto detect languages. Something Google is incapable of to make nor with Chrome, neither with any other Google services. Those developers at Google do less and less, lazy asses.

  • Sam Del Valle

    Today would be a good day for that bug Gmail Update don't you think ;)

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    On a related note, why doesn't Google Now have it? Google Now should have the option of English (India) as an input voice accent; just like it has UK and Australia. It does have English (India) as voice output option and it is pretty shitty. I couldn't understand what the hell the lady was saying. That's NOT how Indians speak English.

    • HitoShura

      Umm.. English(India) is present in both google voice typing and google setting's voice option.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        That is voice output setting. i.e when Google Now says anything, it will use that language. What I'm talking about is under the "Offline speech recognition" of your screenshot. That's the part that GNow uses to understand you when you say anything to it. "English (US)" is pre-installed there. And other available variants of English are UK and Australia. No English (India).

        • roberto.elena

          Voice input is EXTREMLY limited. For example it has Brazilian Portuguese but not Portuguese from... Portugal! On the other hand, it has Spanish from Spain, but no Spanish from any country in the Americas.

  • Rayun Mehrab

    Updated to 3.0.6. Still can't use Bengali phonetic search. Translate keeps saying "Speech input isn't available for the selected language".

  • mwolverine

    OHHHH I understand phonetic input is not voice input. It's the ability to type in English while it tries to accurately transliterate that into Indian languages. I think all of us misunderstood haha


    hello all can you tell me how do implement this feature in my site i have write my site content in hindi phonetic language and want to convert them into hindi language using Google web translator