Feeds

Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

Not your mother tongue? We'll turn it into a mangled approximation. PLEASE use us

Boost IT visibility and business value

Google+ just got ever so slightly more user-friendly for those following accounts which tend to post or comment in languages which the user doesn't understand, after adding a one-click translate function.

Up until now, users of the Chocolate Factory’s social platform were forced to cut and paste any such text into Google Translate or another favoured translation tool.

However, this time-consuming task will soon no longer be necessary, according to staff research scientist Ed Chi, who revealed the following in a Google Translate Blog post on Tuesday:

Whenever there's a public post or comment that isn’t in your language, you'll now see a "Translate" link underneath the text. Clicking the link translates the text in-line, and clicking again returns to the original.

Simple. Although for users who have long battled the word- and grammar-mangling capabilities of Google Translate in certain languages, the new feature may not be greeted with much enthusiasm.

In fact Google’s stated aim of “bringing people together regardless of their written language, and breaking down language barriers that can limit the exchange of ideas” is probably still some way off, practically speaking.

However, these technologies will only get better with time, so embedding them in its social network is no bad thing.

It’s unclear exactly why it’s taken Google this long to do so. It introduced a Chrome extension to automatically translate Google+ posts and comments back in 2011, and arch rival Facebook introduced in-line translation capabilities powered by Bing back in the same year.

The new Google+ feature will apparently be rolled out on the desktop “gradually”, although there’s no info yet on when it’ll be available to mobile users. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report
Development alliance working on desktop, mobe software
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
(Not so) Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unleashed
Photos app now able to shoot fast-moving videos
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.