One of the many features Samsung made a song and dance about at the Galaxy S4 launch two weeks ago was S Translate, which is capable of offline translation in a handful of languages. Er, nine I believe.
Not to be outdone, Mountain View has announced that its Google Translate app is going offline for no less than 50 languages. Cripes.
That’s the word straight from the official Android blog, with a post titled The World’s Languages in Your Pocket (No Internet Required).
It makes huge sense, given that Google Translate is arguably of greatest use while abroad, and it’s probably fair to say that many – if not most – travellers won’t have data roaming activated, or will at least be watching the pennies.
Now you can stop some guy in the street in Albania and ask him where the best stripclub be at - at no extra cost.
Google reveals that any of the 50 languages can be downloaded to your device for offline use, however expect functionality to be “less comprehensive” than the online equivalent.
Is it just me, or is this a direct – and weighty – response to the Samsung Galaxy S4’s S Translate feature? The tension between Google and Samsung is clearly mounting (joke (maybe)).
What's that? Link to Google Translate on Google Play? Right here.