Google Translate in its current form is probably the best translator app or service available, and it is about to get even better.
According to the latest reports, Google is planning to extend translation to every app when it comes down to Android. The company says this feature will be called "Tap to Translate," and it was announced on Wednesday at an event in New Delhi, India.
Caesar Sengupta, vice president for product management at Google, says users will be able to copy text from anywhere on their device and translate it via a floating window. Furthermore, users will be able to create messages in their native languages to make it easier to carry on with a conversation.
"Our most active users in India translate between Hindi and English multiple times a day, spending lots of time copying messages from friends or colleagues, translating them, writing responses, translating their responses, and then pasting them back into an app," said Sengupta, as cited by The Next Web.
All of this happens in an overlay window, so users are never forced to leave the app they are using.
At the moment, we are not certain of the exact languages that will be supported on day one. However, we do know that Tap for Android will be available in the first half of 2016. When it comes down to the iOS version, Google did not release any information, nor did the company talk about anything specific in regard to a Windows 10 version of the app.
Outside of just Tap to Translate, the search giant also announced a new Chromebook called the Asus Chromebit. The device is already available in the United States, and it is powered by a Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C Processor. It is capable of playing back full HD videos, but don't get too excited because there's only 2 GB of RAM.
On the storage front, the Chromebit has only 16 GB, but worry not, official information states that buyers will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage free for two years.
The Chromebit will go on sale in India in January next year, and will cost just Rs. 7,999, while in the U.S. it will cost $85.
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