Offline language packages for Google Translate on Android with support for fifty languages, from French and Spanish to Chinese and Arabic is now available on all Android 2.3 and above devices.
"You can select [Offline Languages] in the app menu to see all the offline language packages available for download. To enable offline translation between any two languages, you just need to select them in the offline languages menu. Once the packages are downloaded, you're good to go," informs Google.
While the offline models are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they are perfect for translating in a pinch when you are traveling abroad with poor reception or without mobile data access.
Check the side-by-side comparission of offline vs. online Google translation:
All you required to get start is install the latest version of the Google Translate for Android and than download the core translation files for over 50 languages. If you've already installed the application, "you need to manually update it."
The compressed language files have about 150MB (200MB after extracting the files from the archive) and are stored on your SD card (if your Android device has one.)
So go out and explore another language or another culture without worrying about Internet access.
In other Android releated news, Google has added new "info cards" to the Google Play Movies & TV app, so customers can easily learn more about the actors, related films and even what song is playing in many of your favorite movies.
"When you're watching a film on your tablet, simply press pause and cards will pop up with information about actors on screen. You can tap on an actor's face to learn more about him, like his age, place of birth, his character in the movie, and his recent work, or scroll through the info cards to learn more about the movie or soundtrack. When you resume the movie, the cards will disappear," explains Google.
The feature is currently available in the U.S. for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) plus devices for over hundreds of movies in Google Play.
Google says they're adding more movies every day, and hope to bring soon the "info cards" to more movies in more countries and devices soon.