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Google Auto Translate: Automatic Translation in Search Results

Google Auto Translate: Automatic Translation in Search Results

Google launched back in 1998, is now the world’s biggest search engine. Billions of people rely on this tech giant to gain knowledge on a subject. Have you ever heard people talk about googling things instead of searching? It is clear that Google is synonymous to search and it is undoubtedly Google’s most valuable asset.



As Google is one of the most used products, therefore, it makes perfect sense that search is how Google became Google. This is the reason Google is updating search with all kinds of new functions on a regular basis. They consistently upgrade their product in order to make it better for their users.

Journey of Google Translate

Google Translate was launched by Google back in April 28, 2006, and it has completed 10 years of its language translation service. The journey of Google Translate has been commendable. Starting from merely 2 languages, Google Translate now supports 103 languages getting closer to its objective of breaking the language barriers.

The search engine giant has made its features better by understanding the needs of the people, listening to what they want to say and speaking to them by holding worthwhile conversations which helped them to improve the translation quality.

There are more than 500 million users relying on Google Translate, out of which 92% stay outside of the U.S. They leverage on Google Translation for translating more than 100 billion words a day. Of all, the most common language translation happens between English and Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Arabic. The country which depends on the digital linguist the most is Brazil.



Among other features, there is Word Lens which shows an instant translation of the words selected from the food menus and signal boards. The translation happens in 28 languages. Of course, the company has thought of countries with poor or no Internet connectivity. For them, Word Lens translates signs and menus offline both on Android and iOS, while typed text gets translated offline only on Android for now.

“Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then, we have grown from supporting two languages to 103 and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions,” Barak Turovsky, product lead of Google Translate

Google is setting up an automatic translation of foreign words in Search whenever a user types up the non-English word into the search box. The timing of this new feature not only fits with the completion of 10 year anniversary of Google Translate but also the increasing demand of the users.

How To Use Google Auto Translate

When users open up Google and type a foreign word in the search box, the results will show up in a card at the top of the list above any search results links with the translation next to the non-English word. Well, this is not a drastic change but you don’t have to ask Google to translate something. This might save a second or two of yours by not explaining Google what you mean or want. Along with the auto translations showing up in a smart little card at the top of the results, there is also a small link that users can either click or tap (as it works on the mobile search too) to have the translation opened up in Google Translate if the users want.

Along with the auto translations showing up in a smart little card at the top of the results, there is also a small link that users can either click or tap (as it works on the mobile search too) to have the translation opened up in Google Translate if the users want. If you type a word in one language and it gets auto-translated in English, you can also click the drop down arrow by the language to change it up if you want to. The auto-translate works for the languages supported by Translate.

Source: Search Engine Journal

Source: Search Engine Journal

This Google Auto Translate feature happens only if the query is in your native tongue. For instance, if you are searching for ‘gracias’, it gives you a translation to English (‘thank you’) whereas if you search for ‘thank you’, they will not offer any translation. Well, Google Translate has come a long way. Currently, it supports nine of India’s 22 official languages. In June 2014, voice search in Hindi and seven other Indian languages were launched.

As of now, the auto-translation function will only apply to a word or two so if you want to search for longer sentences then you have to wait for Google’s new update on Translate. Since it wouldn’t be vague to think that Google could eventually update this type of automatic translation into Search for longer keywords too. Another amazing thing offered by Google is that it can even translate words in photos. Google is also working towards bringing more deep-learning smarts to Google Translate in order to improve its accuracy.

If you haven’t experienced this feature, install it now. Go to Google Play Store and download this Google Auto Translate.


Google’s innovative technologies around search, is connecting millions of people around the world by providing information to them every day. Getting closer to their objective of breaking the language barrier, Google is trying to innovate its technology. Google’s destination feature was one of the key areas in which Google worked and helped its users to plan their holiday without any burden. Seeing the facts and numbers, and the dependency of people on Google, the responsibility of Google has increased. Did you try this new feature? Share this and let others know about this cool feature too!

Sakshi is a content marketer during the day and a reader by night. She writes content sprinkled with a twisted imagination. She has done her graduation in psychology from Delhi University and has an insane love for history.

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