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Google Translate now works inside apps thanks to Marshmallow

Google Translate is a seriously powerful tool, but it’s often tedious to switch between apps to decode foreign text.
 
Fortunately, Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update finally resolves this frustration.
 
The new software lets Android users translate text within apps – you don’t need to leave the page you’re looking at.
 
We face communication barriers every day,” says Barak Turovsky, Product Lead, Google Translate. “Switching back and forth between apps and screens to translate shouldn’t be another one.”
 
Turovsky continues: “We’ve heard your feedback, and have worked with the Android team to make translating text, chats, and other app content a whole lot easier.”
 
Thanks to the update, you’ll be given in-app access to 90 different languages.
 
For instance, you’ll now be able to read foreign reviews on TripAdvisor in English, courtesy of the new feature.

Related: Android 6.0 Marshmallow features
 
So how do you get access to the translation tool? For a start, you’ll need the latest version of Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile OS.
 
You’ll also need to have the Google Translate app downloaded onto your Android device.
 
Then, head into an app, select a portion of text, and choose the ‘translate’ option.
 
The feature is enabled in any app that already uses Android’s native text selection behaviour.
 
However, developers that have created custom text selection behaviour will also be able to add the new feature.
 
Check out our smartphone buyer’s video guide below:
 

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