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iPad split-view support coming to Google Translate app

Google has announced it will be rolling out two new Translate app features over the next week.

Split-view support for the iPad and upgrades to the instant visual feature were both revealed in a blog post from product lead Barak Turovsky.

iPad users can now have Translate open alongside other apps on the same screen so chatting with a foreign friend or translating when writing an email just got a whole lot easier.

The feature, which is available as of today, also works with online books.


The blog post also announced that users are now able to use their device’s camera to instantly translate both English and German printed text to Arabic.

The instant visual feature is being upgraded to translate between the three languages in real time.

Users can simply point their device’s camera at printed text to translate it and the best part is that no internet connection is required.

A small language pack download of around 2MB is all that is needed to start using the new language capabilities.

Arabic wasn’t included when the instant visual feature first launched as it was a particularly difficult language to translate.

But with the new addition, Google seems to have overcome those difficulties, expanding on an already impressive feature of the Translate app.

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