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Microsoft Translator Inches Ever Closer To Google Translate With New Image Translate And System-Wide Translation On Marshmallow

When it first launched last summer, Microsoft Translator had some potential but a lot of catch-up to do with Google's own Translate. No offline mode, no natural conversation mode, no Android Wear app, and many other missing features made me refrain from recommending it when I compared it against Translate. But Microsoft has been updating its app, bridging the gap with each new version, adding all of these features and more like Klingon support and a kickass Android Wear integration. The only major capability that was still missing from Translator's arsenal was image translation and that's finally here.

Version 2.16.82, which is already live in the Play Store (and on APK Mirror) can load images, automatically detect languages, and overlay the translation into the language of your choice on top of each element.

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Facebook Messenger Now Has Group Call Feature, Global Rollout Has Started

Facebook's been making some big improvements to Messenger recently, and the latest is no different: group calling is coming, with the global rollout having started yesterday on both iOS and Android. As is now usual with Messenger, the web app (on both facebook.com and messenger.com) will probably get the update at some point in the future.

Group calling works as you'd expect: tap on a group chat and, if the feature has rolled out to you yet, there will be a phone icon in the app bar. Tap this and it will bring up a dialogue asking who you'd like to include in the group call.

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[Update: APK] Google News And Weather Will Get Some Much-Needed Integration With Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Soon

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages is a neat idea system that automatically reformats an HTML web page into a light and speedy version ripe for consumption on mobile phones and potentially strained connections. It's a sort of mix between the old dedicated mobile sites (which are often broken and lacking in features) and the newer dynamic formatting (which can be too heavy for a phone browser even when written correctly). The AMP system has been going for a few months now, and Google claims that it has "thousands" of publishers on board.

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[Updated] Google Camera v3.2 From Android N Preview Is Rolling Out To All Devices [APK Download]

Android N won't be out for at least a few more months (and much longer for most devices), but you can get a little taste of the dev preview on your phone right now. The new Google Camera build that shipped with the new N preview is hitting the Play Store, and we've got an APK you can install.

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Google Sheets Update Provides More Ways To Tweak Charts From An Android Device [APK Download]

If you haven't had Google turn your spreadsheet into a chart before, go to the overflow menu and tap Explore. It's this nifty part of the app that's getting attention in the latest update.

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Google Celebrates Chrome 50 Release, Boasts 1 Billion Active Users, Unveils Material Design On Chrome OS

Chrome 50 landed this week (though it's still in beta on Android), and Google is celebrating.

How? By highlighting 1 billion active users on mobile, 771 billion pages loaded, 2 million gigabytes of data saved, and other favorable metrics. All of them have been neatly compiled in this lengthy infographic.

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Google Keep Now Shares Links As New Notes, Creates Labels Using Hashtags, Gains An Official Chrome Extension, And More [APK Download]

Keep may not be the simplest form of digital note-taking, but it's pretty close. Today Google has announced a few additions that make the service quicker to access.

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Inbox Gets Support For Streamlined Events, Glanceable Newsletters, And Saved Links

Google is rolling out some big features for Inbox today aimed at making it easier to stay on top of the deluge of email you probably deal with. That's really the idea behind Inbox itself, so this all goes to the heart of what makes Inbox preferable to boring old Gmail for some. This app is getting three new experiences including better event overviews, newsletter link previews, and a "save to Inbox" feature with its own Chrome extension.

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You Can Now Search For & Play Podcasts Directly Through The Google App On Android (Feature Available Worldwide)

A couple of days ago we told you that Google added podcasts to Google Play Music. Today, Google is making it even easier to listen to your favorite podcasts. All you have to do is search for a show in the Google app and you'll be greeted by a short description of the podcast, a list of the three most recent episodes, and the option see more episodes.

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Hit the play button next to any of the episode titles and the podcast will play immediately from within the Google app. If you leave the app, the podcast will continue to play in the background (even if your screen is off) and controls will automatically appear in the notification shade.

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