Google launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow last month and the brand new version of the company’s popular mobile operating system is already rolling out to Nexus devices across the world. The users who managed to get access to Marshmallow have noticed that Google Translate got an overhaul within the OS and is now a lot easier to use.
Until now, Google Translate was a bit cumbersome as you had to go into the app or web app in order to translate text you got from apps or documents or messages. In Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google Translate no longer works that way – instead taking the role of an integrated feature that doesn’t have to fill your screen all the time.
In the new version of Android, Google Translate can be used to translate text within third-party apps, which means opening the dedicated Google Translate app is no longer necessary if you’re in another app. That cuts the time you spend translating in less than half, which is pretty neat. We don’t know why Google was so late in implementing this feature, as it would have been nice to have a year ago already.
Nonetheless, the updated Google Translate app is only avaialble on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so most of the Android users out there won’t get a chance to review the app and test its limits until later this year. Those who have the new version of Android can download the updated Google Translate app from the Google Play Store and start translating right now.
Google Translate is possible in third-party apps thanks to a new feature that was introduced in Marshmallow: contextual text selection. This feature has been noticed by many Lollipop users, too, especially those with imported phones from China – once you select text, new menus will appear within the app that tie into other apps – like Google Translate. As the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow intensifies, more and more users will be able to test the new feature – and they’ll most likely find it useful.