Google updates Google Translate mobile apps; announces ban on payday loans advertising
Both the iOS and Android mobile apps have been updated today, with the Android version adding a feature called ‘Tap to Translate’ and both versions adding new languages
It has been a while since Google released an update for its Google Translate mobile app. That last one came in November, and as Google is probably the leading mobile app developer out there, 67 for the iPhone versus 20 for Apple, for instance – one could have expected an update before now.
But this one is a big one, taking the app up to version 5.0 (actually, version 5.0.0).
For iPhone owners, the app now offers offline translation in 52 languages. ad now Instant camera translation for English/Chinese. There are also 13 new languages.
But Google’s app for Android has one more new feature that is pretty dynamite: Tap to Translate.
“We know millions of you painstakingly copy-paste text between Google Translate and other apps. Now, you can just copy the text of a chat, comment, song lyric, etc. in whichever app you’re using, and a translation will pop up right there—no need to switch apps,” said on its Google Translate blog.
The video below shows you how it works.
Translate is a big thing for me. For one reason, I read lots of foreign websites for the news. For another, I have long thought that translation was the missing ingredient to digital magazines – why not have translation built right into digital magazines? Sure, it wouldn’t be perfect, but it always seemed to me to be a natural pairing. Unfortunately, Apple has had no interest in translation, and Google no interest in native digital publishing. Ugh.
Well, at least we have the Google Translate app. Sure, some of what Google Translate produces is gibberish. But at least they are trying, and each update does seem to make this app more useful. For me, Tap to Translate is yet another feature that may make me move from iOS to Android. Now, if only they could solve that issue of OS updates.
Today, Google also announced that it would be banning payday loan advertising, effective July 13, 2016.
“We will no longer allow ads for loans where repayment is due within 60 days of the date of issue. In the U.S., we are also banning ads for loans with an APR of 36% or higher,” Google said today. “When reviewing our policies, research has shown that these loans can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users so we will be updating our policies globally to reflect that.”
The move is designed, the company said, to protect its users.
“This change is designed to protect our users from deceptive or harmful financial products and will not affect companies offering loans such as Mortgages, Car Loans, Student Loans, Commercial loans, Revolving Lines of Credit (e.g. Credit Cards),” Google said.