Just a day after we noticed that Google Translate will soon be able to save translation history to Google accounts, the service is back in the news. This time, the Google Translate team has announced that five new languages — Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen, and Uyghur — are coming to its growing library. Read More
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.
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. Read More
In addition to Google Search, the Google Translate, Authenticator, and Voice apps - along with five others - have been updated today as well, though these revisions aren't quite as exciting as new Google Now cards.
First, the Translate app received a bump to 2.5.3, adding text recognition via the camera translate function for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Handwriting recognition has been added for a number of new languages, as well, including: Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Welsh.
Google Voice is now at 0.4.2.75 (which just made me realize, Google still considers this a pre-1.0 app after over 2 years, yikes), and adds a much-needed fix for a bug that caused duplicate notifications to appear until cleared on each device with the Google Voice app installed (Update: as far as I can tell, the inbox syncing issue across devices remains unfixed - bummer). Read More