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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown]

The holidays (and CES) are over and the many of Google's app teams are back in the full swing of releasing updates. Gboard's latest version hit this morning few directly visible changes outside of minor wording and color changes. However, there are some interesting things that can be gleaned from wandering through a teardown of the apk.

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Google Assistant Turkish support is official

Google began beta testing Assistant in Turkish with select users several months ago. If you were holding your breath and hoping that the full rollout would come before the end of the year, you can sigh of relief. Turkish support is now official, though it may be rolling out slowly to users.

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Gboard now supports more than 500 languages

Gboard launched in December 2016, with support for about 100 different language varieties. Since then, Google has frequently announced large batches of new languages for its Android keyboard; earlier this week, another 50 made it in. All those tongues have added up fast, as Google has announced that two years after its debut, Gboard now supports more than 500 languages.

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[Update: Full list published] Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven't heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn't divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

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Google Translate now provides better gender-specific translations in several languages

Translation is tricky, as you know if you've read any web page automatically converted by Google Translate; different tongues have different nuances that are hard to teach to an algorithm. Specifically, the way languages handle gender varies, and these discrepancies previously led to Google Translate to make assumptions and provide potentially inaccurate translations. Now, though, when gender is ambiguous in a translation input, the output will show both masculine and feminine terms, eliminating the guesswork.

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[Update: Official new languages + floating keyboard is live] Gboard v7.6 Beta adds a floating keyboard, but it might still be in testing [APK Teardown]

Back in July, a teardown of Gboard v7.4 revealed Google's intent to add a floating keyboard to the experience. With v7.6, it looks like that keyboard is ready for prime time. There are also signs of upcoming Halloween GIFs, plus quite a few new languages.

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Telegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more

Back in January, secure messaging app Telegram acquired an alternative client based on its own database library. Since then, it's rebranded the app from Challegram to Telegram X, and made it a testing ground for experimental features. An extremely fruitful testing ground. This new October update is no different from its feature-packed predecessors, delivering a ton of changes. Among the most interesting additions: the introduction of new supported languages and Android Pie features.

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Google Translate v5.24 prepares to shut down SMS translation and may be enhancing support for spoken regional dialects [APK Teardown]

Translate remains one of Google's true workhorse apps – it's not flashy or exciting, but many of us would be lost without it. The latest update is setting the stage to remove a longstanding feature, but suggests a pretty good alternative to take its place. Also buried in the strings is a line suggesting new support for regional translations, but it may or may not actually represent anything new.

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Gboard update adds support for 28 new language variants

Google's latest update for Gboard brings support for 28 new language varieties, including two German dialects, Finland Swedish, and Tahitian. With this round of additions, Google's virtual keyboard now supports a grand total of 446 language variants on Android.

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Your Google Assistant is bilingual starting today — at least, for any pair of six specific languages

Google's Assistant has been making great strides in both functionality and speech recognition since its original release in the far off year of 2016. In fact, Google says that it has improved so much that, starting today, it can recognize two different languages interchangeably. Your Google Home is now bilingual, something no other digital assistant can do — at least, since Google's other assistant, Google Now. But there is a caveat: it supports only two languages among a list of six.

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