By Vamien McKalin | Jun 10, 2013 01:28 PM EDT
Chrome for Android now has a cool new feature via a recent update, one that should get some users excited. The feature in question is translation, which is integrated into the browser similarly to Chrome on the desktop. When a user comes across a website that is not in his/her language, Chrome for Android would present the translation option.
Chrome beta for Android features a translation bar at the top of the browser; this is similarly placed compared to Chrome for desktop and laptop computers. Bringing translation to Chrome for Android proves how serious Google is about improving the navigation of the web on Android-based smartphones.
"When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar. To translate the page, touch the 'Translate' button," software engineer Miguel Garcia said in a blog post.
Garcia also noted that folks, who are using Google's experimental data compression feature, can now view a graph that shows estimated bandwidth savings.
"For those of you trying out our experimental data compression feature, you can see a graph (under "Settings > Bandwidth Management") that shows your estimated bandwidth savings."
Chrome 28 beta for Android was released to the Google Play Store on Thursday, June 6. Some of the features apart from translation, includes WebGL support as a flagged option and full-screen support for Android tablets.
"Google Translate works through statistical machine translation. We have 71 languages now, and while there will always be varying levels of accuracy, if you have a good translation, it's better than no translation," quoted Google spokeswoman Roya Soleimani.
Google is making all the right moves when it comes to making a more than competent web browser for Android that is capable of doing desktop tasks. Future updates could see Chrome overthrowing Opera to become the king of mobile browser before long.
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