Google Translate for Android gains offline capabilities for 50 languages
Frequenter visitors to other countries will be happy to learn Google has updated its Google Translate for Android app with offline language support for 50 languages, "from French and Spanish to Chinese and Arabic".
The update is now available for devices running Android 2.3 and up. You will be able to access translations without any connection on your mobile device.
Granted, the offline mode will need to be enabled on a connection to download the language packs. You can turn it on in the app menu to see all the language packages available for download. Once the packages are downloaded, you're good to go from anywhere in the world.
Google does warn that offline modes aren't as accurate as the online equivalents, though they should work well for areas with poor reception or limited mobile data access.
Samsung's S Translate feature coming to its line of Galaxy smartphones features offline capabilities for English, Korean, Chinese, German, Italian, Latin-American Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
Offline features were definitely something Google needed to add and it now has a leg up on Samsung with more languages. You can download the update from Google Play.