Google Translator Offline: New Feature Added to App
A new version of the Google Translator app for iOS now includes support for offline translations. Users can download the required language packs for translating texts and even images via OCR (optical character recognition) through their camera. The language packs are offered in 52 different languages. As soon as the download is finished for your languages of choice, you can start translating without an internet connection. We’re especially impressed with the photo OCR translation feature, which allows you to e.g. take a photograph of any street sign while on vacation and have it translated to your mother tongue.
Both online and offline: Google Translator app
Tourists and businessmen alike will enjoy the fact that roaming data fees and other issues are now a thing of the past. The Google Translator app version 5.0.0 will come in handy when your language skills are simply not enough to get by, which makes it one more app to keep on your smartphone. Of course you don’t have to be offline to be grateful for the new feature, as spotty Wi-Fi or signal reception also necessitates locally stored functionality at some point. The language packs vary in size depending on what you need, German clocks in at around 32 MB for instance. Considering the huge advantage you get by having a universal and complex smart dictionary handy at all times, this is truly not a lot of storage space.
If you’re new to the Google Translator app: Its purpose is the translation of written or spoken text, it can even translate a person in near real-time while speaking and has no trouble with handwriting or entire sentences. In contrast to a regular dictionary, the app uses smart algorithms to determine grammar, structure and more.
In terms of requirements, the App Store entry lists iOS 8.0 and later and at least 30 MB of free storage space on your iPhone to get the free app up and running. Keep in mind that additional offline languages will accumulate in terms of install size.