October 2, 2017 Last Updated 11:27 am

App updates: Google updates Translate app, adds 20 more languages to voice translation

Media app updated: The New Yorker magazine updated The New Yorker Today app, improving the tablet experience, according to the app description; MLB.com At Bat app gets ready for the baseball playoffs

The issue of translation has been a hot button for me ever since the release of the iPad and the launch of the first digital edition apps. Apple was eager to launch its products, and hence the apps, into many countries following the launch of the tablet in April of 2010, so shouldn’t the company take a big interest in adding translation services to iOS and macOS?

Sadly, no.

This is an area dominated by Google, though a few apps use Microsoft’s Bing Translator.

This Friday Google updated both its Android and iOS Google Translate apps, adding voice translation from 20 more languages, as well as fixing some bugs. The iOS app description doesn’t mention when languages were added, but the Android app description mentions that the app now offers offline translation, including instant camera translation from English, for new languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Google has also updated its flagship Google app, as well, bringing that app up to version 36.0 — a sign of just how often Google updates its apps.

What’s New in Version 36.0

  • Filter search results. Once you’ve searched for something, scroll across the options bar underneath the search box to find the “Tools” option and filter results by time range and more.
  • More navigation options. In addition to Google Maps, you can now use Apple Maps or Waze for navigation when searching for places and addresses in the Google app.

Amazon, too, updates its iOS app far more often than Apple does. If this isn’t a signal that Apple’s software team gets to take life easy I don’t know what is.

Amazon has updated again its Amazon Music and Amazon Kindle apps, but both are simply bug fix updates.

Other Media App Updates:

  • France24 has updated its International News app, adding Spanish.
  • MLB.com At Bat is getting ready for the postseason, which starts Tuesday, with an update. The app will feature 10 alternate camera angles for the NL Wild Card, NL Division Series and NL Championship Series games broadcast on TBS, and games broadcast on MLB Network, TBS, and FOX will be available to MLB.TV Premium subscribers by signing into their TV provider accounts.
  • The New Yorker magazine has updated its The New Yorker Today app, updating the design and improving the tablet experience, according to the app description.

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