Google Translate adds iPad Split View, printed text translations for more languages


Google is rolling out a couple notable updates to its Google Translate apps that adds additional languages for translations of printed text and support for the new Split View app mode on iPads.

Google-Translate_101015_ausgang-greenUsing Google Translate’s instant visual translation feature, users can tap into their mobile device’s camera to translate printed text. With this month’s update, Google adds support for translating printed text in English or German into Arabic, something that was already available for the apps other translations features including conversation mode and text input model.

For iPad users, Google Translate is adding support for Apple’s new Split View feature that allows side-by-side use of apps on newer iPads with iOS 9.

So if you’re sending an email or text and need to translate, you can see both apps at the same time. And it even works with text from online books or websites.

And this is how it looks in action on the iPad:

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The updated iPhone and iPad app is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 4.2.0

iPad Air 2: Split view support for easy copy-pasting on iOS 9
Instant camera translation now available from German and English to Arabic
Improved rendering for several writing systems
Support for Myanmar (Burmese) handwriting input
Several bug fixes and usability improvements

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