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Google Translate update brings handwriting support for 13 new languages

Google Translate is rolling out a new update that brings several bug fixes alongside handwriting support for 13 additional languages.
March 12, 2014

Wednesday is the day we typically see at least a few updates to select Google apps, and today is no exception.

Many times these updates are nothing more than minor bug fixes, like the bug-fixing updates Google is releasing for Google Play Movies & TV and the Chromecast app. From time to time, bigger updates are also thrown in to the mix, as is the case with today’s earlier update to Google Wallet, which saw the addition of a new ‘orders’ tracking feature. Now it looks like Google Translate is getting a reasonably important update as well.

Aside from a number of bug fixes heading to Google Translate, Google is also adding handwriting support for thirteen new languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, and Telugu. Although the Google Translate update isn’t nearly as significant for most users as the Wallet update, it’s still a welcome change for those that speak/write in any of the above mentioned languages.

As to be expected, the Google Translate update will be rolled out in stages, so it may take a few days before it reaches everyone. In the meantime, you can always at least check Google Play to see if an update awaits. Any other Google app updates you’ll noticed today that we haven’t made mention of just yet? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!