Google lens was unveiled back at Google I/O 2017 and it was initially exclusive to Pixels. Months later, it became a standalone application available for other Android devices in 2018. Regardless of this, the translation feature of it was only available online but had an offline feature under development for a while. That ends today as Google is rolling out this feature to the users of Android.
First reported by 9to5Google(via XDA), the Offline Translation support of Google Lens is rolling out to Android users. This update, being a server-side one, might take a few days to reach everyone. Either way, to avail the offline translation, users first need to simply open the Google Lens App.
Then choose the “Translate” option and Select the Language menu that appears at the top. Here, unlike before, a Download icon will appear beside the language that is available. As you press it, the package file will get downloaded onto your device.
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After this, you can use the feature offline, i.e, without Internet connectivity. It’s worth noting that the offline translation works equally well as the online mode. I checked it myself and found that on pointing to an image, the results show up almost instantly.
As you can see above, a preview of the images with the ‘offline’ tag below will appear in the results. You can always tap on the tick mark of the language to remove the package if you don’t like it.
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