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Google Adds Native Translation to Google+ On Desktop, Coming Later to Mobile

by Brandon Russell | August 20, 2013August 20, 2013 8:00 pm PST


Google+ posts now translate with one simple click thanks to a quiet update rolled out by Google this week. Rather than relying on a Google Translate extension in Chrome, the search giant has rolled out a native option that offers one-click translation. It can’t get an easier than that. Google’s Ed Chi said translations will gradually roll out for the Web, and filter on down to mobile apps in the future.

Other competing social networks already have native translation features, including Facebook and Twitter, which both rely on Bing-powered translations. Google’s system, of course, relies on its own Translate service; it’s a wonder the feature is only just rolling out now. Chi said that translation was something Larry Page really wanted on Google+, and finally it’s here. If you don’t see the feature yet, you should soon.

Brandon Russell

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