Generally the smartphones which are not connected with Internet are often referred as the most dumb phones, but not anymore at least when it comes to translation of the language. Google Translate app now has got the functionality to store the language offline so that you can translate the language of your choice without you needing to connected with internet. The best part is that with this new version, you now have got the option of downloading “offline language packages” for 50 different languages, which enables you to translate text even when your phone is in airplane mode.
This Google Translate app comes with the Offline pack for English language by default and others can be downloaded on demand offline by your choice. When you download the language pack, the application will prompt you that “These files are very large. To avoid potential delays or extra data usage charges, use Wi-Fi only.” When we tried downloading the German Language pack for trialling it, it was a whopping 160MB. As soon as the language pack was installed, the translation process went through even in the Airplane mode as shown in a screen shot below.
The difference between Google Translate Online and Offline version is that the online version allows you to rate the translations and submit the alternatives which will yield better results.
Though this app requires you to have an Android smartphone to be above Gingerbread 2.3 or higher but isn’t a cause of concern as more than 90% of the Android devices are on Gingerbread 2.3+ firmware. The offline translation, the new version also allows you to translate vertical text written in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean by taking a picture of it with your phone’s camera but this works when network connectivity is there. You can download the Google Translate Offline app from the link mentioned below,