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Google Translate now offers offline and camera translation for seven Indian languages

Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu language packs can now be downloaded offline.

Published onApril 18, 2018

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  • Google adds offline, camera translation for seven Indian languages.
  • Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu language packs can now be downloaded.
  • Camera translation only available for translations from English to the seven languages.

Google has updated its Translate app to include offline translation and instant camera translation for seven new languages. These are Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

The addition of the seven local Indian languages will be welcome news to anyone visiting the region with limited or no access to data networks. According to Android Police, the file download for offline translation clocks in at just 30MB, so it’s not like it’ll fill up your storage even if you’re using a low-end device.

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The update, which bumps the build number up to 5.18.0.RC03, also bolsters the app’s excellent instant camera translation feature with those same seven languages. However, you’ll only be able to translate from English text and not vice-versa for the time being.

Once you’ve updated the app it’s incredibly easy to download the new language pack. All you need to do is connect to Wi-Fi, open up the Translate app, select one of the languages at the top and hit the download icon. You can do this over mobile data too, but you’ll have to tweak the download settings from the hamburger (three lines) menu.

Google has been steadily improving Indian-English language translations in its app suite over the past few years. This time last year, Google introduced Neural Machine Translation technology for translations between English and nine widely used Indian languages to ensure more accurate results.