It's taken a bit of time to get there, but Android fans who use Microsoft's Translator app to help them out on their international trips (or language studies) can now partake in a few of the features their peers received months (if not years) ago.
The Android version of the app now supports 34 more downloadable language packs, or 43 total, which give you access to a translator tool even when you don't have a data connection (or don't want to pay for data service while you're on vacation abroad).
"The downloadable language packs use Deep Neural Networks, also known as Deep Learning, a state-of-the-art machine learning technology that are able to deliver online-quality translations without an Internet connection. This Deep Neural Network technology provides the highest-quality offline translation available on the market," reads Microsoft's description.
If you need help translating a sign or menu, meanwhile, use image translation. Point your phone's camera at an unfamiliar phrase or pull up a saved photo (via your camera roll, emails, the Internet, or social media) to find out what it says. Translation will appear as an overlay. The feature, which landed on iOS in February and Windows Phone in 2010, currently works for 21 different languages.
If you spot a phrase that needs translating on the Web, meanwhile, highlight it and tap on the three-dot icon to access Android's "Other Options" menu, and select the "Translator" option to do just that.
The app update also brings a Hub Keyboard Preview that helps you to quickly translate text on-the-fly—like when you're trying to message your friends, for example.