What you need to know
- Google Translate app now has new Material You-themed widgets on Android.
- The Saved Translations tool provides quick access to the translations you have recently completed.
- Another tool allows you to access quick actions such as voice translation, conversation mode, and camera-based translations.
Google Translate for Android received a nifty face-lift late last year, giving it a more modern look and interactive design, but its widget has been left out in the cold. That now changes with a pair of new Material You-themed UI elements for the app.
The Google About the new update on TwitterShow what the new home screen widgets look like. They provide faster ways to interact with the various features of the service without having to open the app first, saving users a few clicks.
The Quick Actions Translate tool features voice, conversation, transcription, and camera modes. Meanwhile, the “Save Translation” shortcut displays your recent translations in one place.
Moreover, you can change the size of the tools. Its options change dynamically as well, depending on its size. For example, the Quick Translation Actions tool displays all four actions when expanded. The other shortcut displays the current pairing language at the top of the screen, with the clipboard shortcut on the right side.
Prior to the update, the widget was only offered as a simple 1×1 shortcut that you can add to your home screen to access quick actions like the camera and conversation mode.
New widgets also loosely match your wallpaper with the dynamic color theme in Android 12.
It’s the latest tool to be changed after years of Google’s indifference to home screen shortcuts. The search giant has previously rolled out similar Android gadget remedies for Google Maps and Gmail, among others.
The recent visual and functional changes to the translation tool are supposed to make the translation tool more useful and interactive, although it doesn’t seem to be widely available with the latest version of the app.
Gadgets will likely make their way to many of the best Android phones as part of a future release on the Play Store, but a server-side update is also a possibility. However, it will most likely require Android 12 or later.