Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Google's Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type

Google's Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type

Version 6.1 brings emoji and GIF suggestions right in the suggestion strip on top of the keyboard, making it easier to convert your text into more expressive icons or a GIF.

As The Verge notes, you can also now translate text from one language to another directly from the keyboard using the "Translate" button.

Aside that, Android O will also be able to recognize when an address is sent to you and proceeds to automatically create a link where you can select to pull up the app chooser window to finalize your action, such as accessing Google Maps.

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Gboard app for Android, with the latest update, supports Google Translate and users can choose to translate messages within the app by accessing the feature from quick feature menu. For example, if you type the word "cake", you will see cake emoji and cake GIFs just above the keyboard. By allowing users to share the GIFs they discover, Gboard is also setting itself up as a competitor to the likes of Giphy. Google plans to add more themes in the future. Oh and thanks to the fact that the Google Neural Machine Translation system is at work here, the sentences are likely to be much more cohesive and intelligible than what you would expect from most other translation tools out there.

Another new feature being added is support for web, GIF, and emoji search features in right-to-left languages like Arabic and Hebrew.

The search giant says that it has made voice typing easier and an update to the user interface enables users to switch back to regular typing easily. This is the most minor addition to the app, but as someone who likes the little details, I can't wait to give this a try. However, the support for this feature is not available across all messaging apps as of now. So, no need to hop off to a translating tool, simply install Gboard and you are done.

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