Google Translate iOS app adds support for more languages

You can now write characters in Hebrew, Arabic, Esperanto, Persian, Zulu, and several other languages.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Google has updated its Translate app for iPhone and iPad users with more language support and a couple of iOS 7 features.

Released on Tuesday, version 2.1 of the app adds handwriting input for 12 more languages. So you can now get translations for characters that you write in Arabic, Esperanto, Gujarati, Hebrew, Javanese, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Telugu, and Zulu.

The app also sports a couple of iOS 7-related updates, namely the new style of keyboard and status bar.

Google Translate provides on-the-go translations among 80 languages. You can type, hand write, or speak the word or phrase, and the app translates your text into the language of your choice. Android users can find the app in the Google Play store.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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