March 27, 2013 | by Natesh Sood
Google Translate is a great app to help facilitate communication between individuals who speak different native languages. The one limitation to the Translate app is the fact that it requires an active data connection in order to work. However, Google is removing that barrier today by offering an update to Translate that enables offline support.
Essentially, Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher are able to download and install multiple language packs in order to achieve offline mode access. Google acknowledges that the offline language packs are “less comprehensive than their online equivalents,” but they will get the job done. In total, there are fifty support languages for offline usage, and I imagine Google will continue to expand the list.
Downloading a language pack may take a little bit of time since each pack could be around 100MB in file size. Therefore, make sure to download any necessary packs before traveling without a data connection and leave yourself time for the download to finish.