Back, when I worked on a project in Angola, in a country which language I don't spoke, Google Translate for Android became a real life saver for me since it - somehow - allowed me to talk to my Portuguese only speaking colleagues. Now, Google announced to make Google Translate even better by launching the new Google Translate app for Android. The app is now featuring faster and simpler speech translations, additional language support and a sleek new look. Google Translate for Android works as before, all it needs is to open the Translate app and press the microphone icon. Google has also added gesture support now, so with a simple turn of the screen, it's possible to switch back and forth between languages.
With today's updated Translate app, Google is also offering more language support for the handwriting feature, which allows to directly write words in Hebrew, Greek, Japanese and even Esperanto, which is then translated on the fly. Also supported is Google's camera translation feature to take a photo of written text with an Android device and highlight which words should be translated, now including additional language support for Malay and Ukrainian.
As Google said, the update is rolling out now via the Google Play Store today and tomorrow.
Cheers ~ Arne