The Google Translate widget on Android gets the Material You treatment
What do you want to know
- Google Translate now offers new Material You-themed widgets on Android.
- The “Saved Translation” widget provides quick access to translations you have recently completed.
- Another widget gives you access to quick actions like voice translation, conversation mode, and camera-based translations.
The Google Translate app on Android got a facelift late last year, giving it a more modern look and an interactive design, but its widget has been left out. That changes now with a pair of new Material You-themed widgets for the app.
Google announced the new update on Twitter, where he showed what the new home screen widgets look like. They offer faster ways to interact with the various features of the service without having to open the app first, saving users a few clicks.
The “Translate Quick Actions” widget offers voice, conversation, transcription, and camera modes. Meanwhile, the “Save Translation” shortcut displays your recent translations in one place.
Additionally, you can resize widgets. Their options also change dynamically, depending on their size. For example, the Translate Quick Actions widget displays all four actions when expanded. The other shortcut shows the current language pairing at the top of the screen, with a clipboard shortcut on the right side.
Prior to the update, the widget only offered as a simple 1×1 shortcut that you could add to your home screen to access quick actions like the camera and chat mode.
The new widgets also loosely match the dominant hues of your wallpaper thanks to Android 12‘s dynamic color theme.
It’s the latest widget to get a makeover after years of Google’s cold shoulder to home screen shortcuts. The search giant has previously rolled out similar treatments to Android widgets for Google Maps and Gmail, among others.
The latest visual and functional changes to Translate’s widget should make it much more useful and interactive, although they don’t appear to be widely available with the latest version of the app.
It’s possible the new widgets will make their way to most top Android phones as part of a future release on the Play Store, but a server-side update is also a possibility. However, it will most likely require Android 12 or later.