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Google Now on Tap translates languages in any app

Engadget Engadget 6/07/2016 Jon Fingas
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You no longer have to select text or keep a mini-app running to translate text in your Android apps. Google is expanding Android Marshmallow's Now on Tap feature to support text translation from any screen. If you're looking at text that doesn't match your phone's current language, Now on Tap will offer to translate that screen even if there are multiple unfamiliar tongues on screen. It's available today if your phone is set to use either a major European language or Russian... and it's not the only feature rolling out today.

Now on Tap is also getting a Discover button that will show a visual feed of content related to what you're looking at -- say, articles on Jupiter. And if you use the feature's camera-based image searching, you'll be glad to hear that it now recognizes barcodes and QR codes. You just have to fire up the camera to find out whether or not that book or movie is worth buying. All told, Now on Tap is getting bread-and-butter features that you might just use on a frequent basis.

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