Google Translate says 'Hola!' to Chrome

The latest Chrome beta for Android integrates Google Translate support directly into the browser, just like it does with its desktop counterpart.

by Seth Rosenblatt  May 24, 2013 12:55 PM PDT

Not only is Google Translate not dead, its powers of mildly accurate, often-amusing, and on-the-fly translations are in the process of being gifted to Chrome 28 Beta for Android.

If you load a foreign language Web site in the beta, which landed in the Google Play Store on Thursday, a bar will appear at the bottom of the screen with a button to translate the site. Tap the button, and voila! It will appear in a different language.

The accuracy of the translation is another issue. However, Google spokeswoman Roya Soleimani said, "Google Translate works through statistical machine translation. We have 71 languages now, and while there will always be varying levels of accuracy, if you have a good translation, it's better than no translation."

She added, "The team is working on improvements all the time."

And adventurous beta testers can now check a new graph under "Settings, Bandwidth Management" of their data compression bandwidth savings, if they've enabled that feature.

Other changes in the Android Chrome beta include WebGL support as a flagged option and full-screen support for Android tablets, which recently debuted for phones.


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