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Google Translate

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The world is closer than ever with over 100 languages

4.5 Ratings 8M+ Reviews 500M+ Downloads
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4.5
7.5M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    74%
  2. 4
    13%
  3. 3
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  • Accessibility for Instructional Design Oct 24, 2018

    By kkennedy555
    Google Translate is now a form of augmented reality and is adapted for educational purposes. This application provides users with tools to translate between languages and they now include an image option; users take a photograph of a sign, piece of paper, or other form of written text and receive a translation in the language of their choice. This augmented reality is ground breaking because this allows online learners to access content in other languages. The application also translates spoken word in real time, which allows all learners to access audio in written form, in their own language, online or in-person. This version of augmented reality that is adapted for education can be utilized in an online learning environment and can be utilized by instructional designers. One of the major challenges with instructional design is selecting the correct tools to build learning experiences. With this application, instructional designers are able to create a course in their own language and can make their lesson accessible to learners by recommending Google Translate for accessibility. I plan to utilize this in conjunction with my online lessons and videos in order to reach more students with diverse abilities and primary languages.
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  • Oct 10, 2020

    By darshit ahir
    The best non intrusive translation app I've ever used thus far. Translated text, SMS, photos, and the new features as of Sept I1 is translating spoken languages. I'm very happy with the app. You can also click on an application and it will translate the app before you even get started using it. Now you tell me how great that is??? Exactly!!! person found this helpful Was this review helpful
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  • Pages of Translation Lightening Fast, and Reliable! Oct 31, 2019

    By rsmith7
    If if you are using anything but Google translate to do your Spanish work for you, you are missing the boat. It translates whole pages of text instantly without error. It uses understandable language for our US - Mexico border area. I was using a different translator when I saw a doctor using Google to communicate with a Spanish only patient. That’s when I learned about Google Translate and switched. For the past two years, I have used a different Spanish translator/dictionary App. It was slow and tedious, only would translate a short paragraph at a time, but worse - it inserted words which were clearly wrong. One time instead of asking my gardener to complete a task, it inserted the word marriage into the sentence! His wife would have not been happy! Luckily I caught it before texting as I had to double- check every phrase. But now I no longer have to worry and each phrase is spot on. ( at least so far I think it’s been!).
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  • Oct 9, 2020

    By Lin Kuei Dragon
    This application needs a few adjustments to be a lot better, in my opinion. Translations being more accurate, more languages/more of them available offline, having more voice types where you can change the accents and gender, and a dark mode. It would also be great if the voices were fixed to be more understandable, but some languages do not have voice output whatsoever. One language which I can say does not support voice output is Zulu, which is also a language which cannot be used offline.
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  • Need to continually update and add new features Sep 16, 2019

    By WJMBOLIN
    This app is so much better than Microsoft translator. I used it first set a lot of messages on social media to new friends only to find out those messages were a jumbled mess of random words. They assume you lack the skills and ability process thoughts into Russian even with translator. It’s hard to come back from. I love that you can translate live with the camera because a lot of times I’m watching a broadcast or something and trying to keep up with everyone. The thing however that frustrates me the most about all apps including this one is that they tend to stop listening before the conversation has ended. Whether I just push the button and let go or cold it during the entire time after certain. It’s stops listening and you have to stop the sound if you’re lucky enough to be able to rewind it. I would like it to be easier to use within an app and not have to copy and paste etc. but overall I really like it it’s the one I use most and I’ve got some I paid for that just don’t stack up.
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  • Hard to Use, Inaccurate, Barely Works Dec 28, 2018

    By Lizzie Licious
    Many times when I record audio or pictures, the translation doesn’t even come up. The audio is worse since no matter what I do, speaking into the microphone is just a bust. I’ll say something into the microphone, and it won’t do anything. It doesn’t even load, it just indefinitely waits for me to say more. No matter how much I say, real words or not, it doesn’t ever even acknowledge that I’m done talking and if I hit any buttons, the X to close it or microphone button that you’d think would tell what it said, just cancel out of it. Not to mention, taking pics is a nightmare. You have to highlight with your finger the phrases you want translated, but you can’t move the picture around easily. So if you zoom into a certain part, it’s hard to zoom back out, and you can’t move the picture at all without zooming in or out. So if you zoom out in a way that makes the pic go off to the side, well, too bad. Why can’t it just detect the words itself? Or at the very least, why can’t I translate more then one thing in a picture, and do I have to take the same picture again and again just to see everything it says?
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  • Oct 13, 2020

    By K L
    Through the whole 10 months using on Android 10, I started to get used to the bubble which can somehow show/hide via toggling on notification panel for Tap to Translate. However after the latest update, this app just make me hate it again. Do you guys even test it before release to public??? Here is the case, the bubble will disappear after pop up translating words, which force me to open this app and then switch back to continue to use the bubble. But after a few words translating the bubble disappear again... I think I am done with this app. By the way, why change the phone navigation bar to black?? I am not using dark mode. The quality of this App sucks!!!
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Scott D
    Uninstalled. Translate no longer works as directed after updating my Samsung galaxy S9+ to Android 10 (from 8.0) . Other reviewers have same problem. Google please fix this ASAP. ... and, no, it's not a permissions issue. It has the necessary permissions, including "Appear on top of other apps" It only shows up whenever I go into the Translate app and then switch to the other app such as FB. I can use it once and then it's gone and never reappears unless I go directly back to Translate.
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  • Terrible design - using the browser version is better Jul 6, 2018

    By NYCJames
    I installed this because I frequently use the browser version in Google to translate between English and French and I thought the app would be more convenient. Took me less than a minute to see the flaws in it. It's a horribly designed app - for example, in the browser version you can "switch" the languages around to make the destination language the source language. This is really helpful if, for example, you wish to practice making sentences in a language and then switch them around to compare your sentence to how Google translates it. In the app, there is a switch button but it switches the TEXT between windows instead of just switching which is source and which is destination - so my French sentence goes into the English window and vice versa, meaning they don't get translated. This is either a really stupid bug or an inexcusable design flaw, and to be honest it's entirely what I've come to expect from Google software. There are ALWAYS really stupid bugs and oversights which people complain about for years but which they never fix. Oh well, uninstalling it now.
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Fedor Ivachev
    Thanks to the top one review, I finally got rid of that annoying pop-up button by disabling drawing over other apps permission. You broke it in this version, please fix it in the next update: even after disabling the floating button, it still appears every time I use translate in the notifications panel. Huawei P30
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  1. Efficient and effective translations between 103 languages, you can tap to translate, and translate anywhere in 59 languages even when offline
  2. 2 great ways to learn: conversation mode (2-way instant translation in 32 languages) and handwriting (draw characters, no keyboard necessary)
  3. Take a picture for easy translation with instant camera translation in 38 languages and camera mode in 37 languages

Reviewed by Laura S on January 26, 2018

  • Accessibility for Instructional Design Oct 24, 2018

    By kkennedy555
    Google Translate is now a form of augmented reality and is adapted for educational purposes. This application provides users with tools to translate between languages and they now include an image option; users take a photograph of a sign, piece of paper, or other form of written text and receive a translation in the language of their choice. This augmented reality is ground breaking because this allows online learners to access content in other languages. The application also translates spoken word in real time, which allows all learners to access audio in written form, in their own language, online or in-person. This version of augmented reality that is adapted for education can be utilized in an online learning environment and can be utilized by instructional designers. One of the major challenges with instructional design is selecting the correct tools to build learning experiences. With this application, instructional designers are able to create a course in their own language and can make their lesson accessible to learners by recommending Google Translate for accessibility. I plan to utilize this in conjunction with my online lessons and videos in order to reach more students with diverse abilities and primary languages.
    more
  • Oct 10, 2020

    By darshit ahir
    The best non intrusive translation app I've ever used thus far. Translated text, SMS, photos, and the new features as of Sept I1 is translating spoken languages. I'm very happy with the app. You can also click on an application and it will translate the app before you even get started using it. Now you tell me how great that is??? Exactly!!! person found this helpful Was this review helpful
    more
  • Pages of Translation Lightening Fast, and Reliable! Oct 31, 2019

    By rsmith7
    If if you are using anything but Google translate to do your Spanish work for you, you are missing the boat. It translates whole pages of text instantly without error. It uses understandable language for our US - Mexico border area. I was using a different translator when I saw a doctor using Google to communicate with a Spanish only patient. That’s when I learned about Google Translate and switched. For the past two years, I have used a different Spanish translator/dictionary App. It was slow and tedious, only would translate a short paragraph at a time, but worse - it inserted words which were clearly wrong. One time instead of asking my gardener to complete a task, it inserted the word marriage into the sentence! His wife would have not been happy! Luckily I caught it before texting as I had to double- check every phrase. But now I no longer have to worry and each phrase is spot on. ( at least so far I think it’s been!).
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  • Indispensable app Aug 20, 2018

    By Mobjack11
    I use many different languages throughout each day, usually just little phrases here and there in my writing. This app is indispensable to me as I work, and the translations seem to just get better and better with each update. I’ve read a few of the negative reviews, and while I’m sure the inconveniences described by these folks are real, it also seems they me be expecting a bit too much. The app is very straightforward in its basic function of translating text that is input by the user. The app is also by Google, and thus it is highly aspirational in its features, and each update seems to bring further enhancements that may or may not be truly useful. I understand how this might get frustrating, but that’s just Google’s style. Eventually the kinks get worked out based on user feedback, which is how I think it should be. As far as a basic free translation app, this one is far and away the best.
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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Sahil Bansal
    I am using Google translate for more than 5 months and I find it very useful. It is very helpful for my studies also. I can find any translation in the app. Even I can translate my book pages by just showing it to the translate camera. The conversation feature is the best in the app. We can now speak to different people from different languages using that feature. I am very happy with the app. Thank you Google😊😊😊
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  • Oct 9, 2020

    By Lin Kuei Dragon
    This application needs a few adjustments to be a lot better, in my opinion. Translations being more accurate, more languages/more of them available offline, having more voice types where you can change the accents and gender, and a dark mode. It would also be great if the voices were fixed to be more understandable, but some languages do not have voice output whatsoever. One language which I can say does not support voice output is Zulu, which is also a language which cannot be used offline.
    more
  • Need to continually update and add new features Sep 16, 2019

    By WJMBOLIN
    This app is so much better than Microsoft translator. I used it first set a lot of messages on social media to new friends only to find out those messages were a jumbled mess of random words. They assume you lack the skills and ability process thoughts into Russian even with translator. It’s hard to come back from. I love that you can translate live with the camera because a lot of times I’m watching a broadcast or something and trying to keep up with everyone. The thing however that frustrates me the most about all apps including this one is that they tend to stop listening before the conversation has ended. Whether I just push the button and let go or cold it during the entire time after certain. It’s stops listening and you have to stop the sound if you’re lucky enough to be able to rewind it. I would like it to be easier to use within an app and not have to copy and paste etc. but overall I really like it it’s the one I use most and I’ve got some I paid for that just don’t stack up.
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  • Good app, but bugs or improvements needed Feb 28, 2018

    By Kiba9001
    I really like this app, but there are many bugs and difficulty when using it. For example, when using the speech function it constantly stops working, saying there is a connection error where there isn't any. Or if my phone tilts a little bit on its side, the audio will stop and I have to start it all over again. This brings me to my next point: editing text. When you try to edit the text youre translating, its difficult to click it to be able to edit it or even find the spot you want to edit since the space is so small and cluttered. A function that will be really helpful is a pause/play button when youre having the text be read allowed and when the text is being read allowed, it doesnt stop if the device tilts to one side.
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  • Really good for offline translation Aug 12, 2020

    By randomkid418
    Google Translate (the app) is much better than the browser version. You can translate offline and that is great. They’ve greatly improved their translations (their Latin is still pathetic, as it has been for many years). It still has problems picking up on nuances and dialects of certain languages. If you are speaking an uncommon language, expect your translation to come out like something from a textbook or hahaha Google Translate. The AI picks up on some slang and common sayings, but it’s sometimes inaccurate. Also, the app drains your battery like nobody’s business. I was translating for ten minutes and lost 14% of my battery. My phone is also inefficient, but all my other apps are much better with battery power than Google Translate.
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  • Extremely handy, but not perfect... Aug 6, 2020

    By oliver_chan
    This is useful when someone speaks to me in a foreign language when I’m abroad, and I always use it to translate text in things. But there are some problems. One is that the US English voice sounds a little robotic,so can you make it sound more natural? Another one is that you can’t save long phrases. Some are very important, but still can’t be saved, therefore I have to save it elsewhere, which isn’t very convenient. An older version allowed you to save long phrases! Why not anymore? Lastly, some languages can’t be spoken in the app. Some of them I really need can’t be read aloud, so I won’t be able to use the conversation function for those languages’ countries. If you fix all these bugs, I will give 5 stars.
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  • Google Translate needs a massive overhaul! Sep 29, 2020

    By Lacemaker 427
    FEATURE REQUEST: Since most people are translating from a foreign language to their native language, it would be lovely if you could make your chosen language “stick” at the top of the list. I would prefer to have the languages I use most frequently stick to the top of the list. For me, they are: English, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. That would solve the annoyance of having to reselect one or more my core languages every time I deviate from my norm. I would like to include Croatian in my core list, but the machine voice for Croatian is unintelligible, even to native speakers because the sound quality is so poor and it speaks far too fast. HEBREW & YIDDISH: It is not possible to learn to speak or translate from either of these languages. Google has NO VOICE, machine or natural, for EITHER of them, nor does it scribe the translation using our common alphabet, Latin. At least then, I could make an attempt at the pronunciation of the words. I would cheerfully give Google Translate 5 stars as soon as these deficits are dealt with.
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Dina Salem
    Not sure what happened on the latest update but now the floating icon always shows. It is very annoying.. even when I dismiss it it shows again. I have to completely disable it which is not a solution.-- reply to response: No that is not the case. Even when I dismiss it, once I reopen whatsapp for example without tapping on anything to translate it shows again. That is so annoying. I have had and used google translate forever. That is a BUG introduced just this recent update .. please fix it .
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  • Good but not what is needed Aug 31, 2019

    By Scrabble Lover 44
    This program is useless when trying to overhear peoples conversations or listen to a speech. You can’t tell people to slow down and pause so you can translate each thing they said. That just does not work and is not practical. If I’m watching a show on TV in Chinese it is also fairly useless unless you want to press pause every few seconds. Also when people are talking, you have to tell them to speak slowly and carefully. That is ridiculous. And you have to wait until they have completed a sentence to translate. That is silly. What is needed is for the App to translate as a person is speaking. The user would just wear earphones an be able to listen nearly real time just like a real translator does. Or the translated words would appear as the person is speaking. The function that translates what is written kind of works. It fluctuate the transition consistently until you freeze the frame. Obviously this function needs improving.
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  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Dirmansyah Lubis
    1. There is no gender option to select, e.g. for thai language. 2. How to have a bigger font for the main view especially for the translation part ? I want to see the foreign phrases (alphabets) clearly while listening to the speaker read them. I know the translation can be displayed in full screen, but we can not have the voice in full screen.
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  • Works decently well, but has some problems Aug 23, 2019

    By Audio-enslaved
    Google Translate certainly works quite a bit better than some random online translation service, but there are quite a few things that could be improved. Pros: - Does a generally good (though not perfect) job translating phrases and idioms. In particular, many expressions that mean something in one language but doesn’t make sense in another are correctly translated to the analogous expression in the other language. - Has an offline download feature that lets you translate without reception. This is of course very useful when your phone service doesn’t work overseas. - Allows the saving of translations for future reference, but that doesn’t seem extremely useful. Cons: - One cannot choose to switch between various forms of a phrase for languages that have multiple types of conjugations. For example, you can’t choose to have French use tu instead of vous. - The translation of a word does not show whether the word is masculine or feminine for languages where it’s relevant. - While the offline feature is useful, it’s *extremely* slow. In fact, the online feature can be quite slow sometimes too. I chose to give the app 3 stars because for me, the cons make it quite cumbersome to use this app as a general translation / reference manual.
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Fedor Ivachev
    Thanks to the top one review, I finally got rid of that annoying pop-up button by disabling drawing over other apps permission. You broke it in this version, please fix it in the next update: even after disabling the floating button, it still appears every time I use translate in the notifications panel. Huawei P30
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Who Cares
    App translations are sloppy compared to the web based translator.🤔 Also when reversing translations...the top section stays the same...this didn't happen before. I'm Translating Russian btw. Screen translation would be nice & night mode would be great to!!! 👌🌚 eat = есть ... but есть = there is??? wth🤔 The web based translator seems way better... couldn't you just match them up?
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  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Life is GOOD
    It's functioning turns Awful after you use this app. for a bit. App. Data Accumulates & makes app. VERY Slow where you think it's Frozen. The only way to Fix Issue is to either Uninstall App. & then Reinstall the App. Or you can "1st Delete the App's Data and the Cache." Then it works Better Usually. Also the "Back-and-Forth Conversation Feature" (NO LONGER WORK'S WELL PERIOD!) It needs to be Fixed ASAP! 'This app was improving.' But now it's just" KEEPS GETTING WORSE!" 😔 WHAT'S UP? 😡"... 👎
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  • Oct 9, 2020

    By B J
    Doesn't identify languages correctly. Not only that, it seems to be able to work with only languages that share the same alphabet as English. Inputting Latin, Russian, Greek etc just gives the input text as output everytime. It does however work if I use the web version so the problem is in the app itself, not the service. So basically, it is useless. Uninstalling and going to use Microsoft Translator instead.
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  • Awful but can be useful Aug 8, 2018

    By n64king
    The main issue with this is if you’re trying to translate certain languages such as Japanese or Chinese, it’s unable to show me what it’s saying because one character can be a big word, but it’ll display that word huge and block out other words. If any words are in a font that aren’t just straight lines then it has a lot of difficulty reading things. Also a strange thing I find is that no matter what language, if it can’t see the words, it’ll put out random words, most commonly it says “mosquito” or “death” which is a bit creepy and odd. It will also pick up other edges of the scenery and translate those non-word images into “mosquito” or “death” or something else not related. I get that we don’t live in 2058 yet but these issues with the app aren’t new. But what else do we have that even works remotely as good? Maybe someday it’ll be better.
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  • Hard to Use, Inaccurate, Barely Works Dec 28, 2018

    By Lizzie Licious
    Many times when I record audio or pictures, the translation doesn’t even come up. The audio is worse since no matter what I do, speaking into the microphone is just a bust. I’ll say something into the microphone, and it won’t do anything. It doesn’t even load, it just indefinitely waits for me to say more. No matter how much I say, real words or not, it doesn’t ever even acknowledge that I’m done talking and if I hit any buttons, the X to close it or microphone button that you’d think would tell what it said, just cancel out of it. Not to mention, taking pics is a nightmare. You have to highlight with your finger the phrases you want translated, but you can’t move the picture around easily. So if you zoom into a certain part, it’s hard to zoom back out, and you can’t move the picture at all without zooming in or out. So if you zoom out in a way that makes the pic go off to the side, well, too bad. Why can’t it just detect the words itself? Or at the very least, why can’t I translate more then one thing in a picture, and do I have to take the same picture again and again just to see everything it says?
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  • Oct 13, 2020

    By K L
    Through the whole 10 months using on Android 10, I started to get used to the bubble which can somehow show/hide via toggling on notification panel for Tap to Translate. However after the latest update, this app just make me hate it again. Do you guys even test it before release to public??? Here is the case, the bubble will disappear after pop up translating words, which force me to open this app and then switch back to continue to use the bubble. But after a few words translating the bubble disappear again... I think I am done with this app. By the way, why change the phone navigation bar to black?? I am not using dark mode. The quality of this App sucks!!!
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Scott D
    Uninstalled. Translate no longer works as directed after updating my Samsung galaxy S9+ to Android 10 (from 8.0) . Other reviewers have same problem. Google please fix this ASAP. ... and, no, it's not a permissions issue. It has the necessary permissions, including "Appear on top of other apps" It only shows up whenever I go into the Translate app and then switch to the other app such as FB. I can use it once and then it's gone and never reappears unless I go directly back to Translate.
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  • Terrible design - using the browser version is better Jul 6, 2018

    By NYCJames
    I installed this because I frequently use the browser version in Google to translate between English and French and I thought the app would be more convenient. Took me less than a minute to see the flaws in it. It's a horribly designed app - for example, in the browser version you can "switch" the languages around to make the destination language the source language. This is really helpful if, for example, you wish to practice making sentences in a language and then switch them around to compare your sentence to how Google translates it. In the app, there is a switch button but it switches the TEXT between windows instead of just switching which is source and which is destination - so my French sentence goes into the English window and vice versa, meaning they don't get translated. This is either a really stupid bug or an inexcusable design flaw, and to be honest it's entirely what I've come to expect from Google software. There are ALWAYS really stupid bugs and oversights which people complain about for years but which they never fix. Oh well, uninstalling it now.
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  • Flawed text scanning and translations Jan 31, 2020

    By CAD Programmer
    This is an amazing translation app, especially the real-time camera mode, straight out of science-fiction! However, it gives different results between camera Instant mode and Scan mode (often the Instant translation is close but a little off, Scan is more accurate but slower). A big problem with Scan mode is random omission of Japanese symbols from the source text and/or incorrect scans (wrong characters), so you’re unable to get a complete translation (frustrating). There are also frequent Google network errors resulting in delayed translation (or none at all), and frequent app crashes. You cannot pinch-zoom the camera, which is a problem on a smaller screen or text sizes. You can share/save only the translation results and not the scanned original foreign language text. I also don’t like how the camera mode always defaults to Instant instead of the last setting used. So although this is a convenient app for translations, it still needs a bit of work to get a higher rating from me.
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