Just recently, Google unleashed Android 12. Interestingly, most of the rumors we had heard before were confirmed at its main I/O 2021 keynote. One of them was the overhauled design dubbed “Material You”. The latter allows users to customize their Android devices with ease. However, any operating system is not about the design only, it is also about functionality. In this sense, the new OS comes with an improved privacy protection and better interaction with other devices. As you understand, these have been in the spotlight. But we should also realize there are many others left in the shadow.
Google designs its own smartphones as well. And it’s naïve to think the Pixel line models won’t have exclusive features. They will not only make the Pixel phones stand out but also help Google to sell more smartphones in other markets. We are talking an Android 12 feature called Auto-translation for apps.
Of course, Google Chrome browser has already such a built-in feature that makes it possible to translate any website to the language of your choosing. It is quite useful for both PC and mobile.
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So why not to apply this to apps. Probably this question was in minds of Google developers when they added the Auto-translation for apps. The latter will allow users to install and use apps that do not support their regions’ languages. Agree that this should help Google to become more attractive in other markets but the US.
Android 12 To Have Auto-Translation for Apps
Though the company has not been leaked in any project that involve translating the user interface of apps on Android 12, but some XDA devs found evidence that Google is working on this particular initiative.
In fact, they found a code back in April that showed Google had a new framework in place for translating an app’s UI elements in a user’s native language. After the conference, Google updated its API differences report indicating that this feature will be available on Android 12.
We guess this would be a great feature for many Android users. But if it will work in the same way as the Chrome’s built-in translation feature, it would be disappointing. We mean Chrome’s auto-translation doesn’t work well all time. For websites, it may be considered not a big issue, but for apps, it will.