Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013 at 01:00 pm

Google Ups Supported Languages in Google Translate, Androidify Receives Holiday Cheer

Earlier today when we looked at the Google Play Books 3.1.17 update, we briefly mentioned how Google’s first party app updates often feel like Christmas a bit early thanks to all the new features that they inevitably bring. Now, Google is actually bringing us some more Holiday cheer thanks to a Holiday-themed update to the Androidify app.  And not content with only updating one of their first party apps, they’ve also released a substantial feature update to their Translate app.

You may remember Androidify from when it was first released a couple of years ago. While the app was an interesting novelty back then, most of us quickly forgot about it as time went on. Now, Google has revamped the app with an upgraded UI and additional Holiday-themed content.

In addition to the Androidify app, Google also increased the functionality of its Translate Android app. This was not done with a direct application update. Rather, this was done by increasing the number of languages that Google Translate itself supports. As such, the changes are available in the mobile app, as well as through the webapp. The update adds support for nine new languages: Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Somali, Zulu, Mongolian, Nepali, Punjabi, and Maori.

Full changelogs can be found down below. Are you a fan of the new updates? Will you Have Yourself a Merry Android Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Official Google Translate Blog, Google Play Store (Androidify, Translate) | Via AndroidPolice]

Changelog for Androidify:

What’s New

  • Improved UI
  • Added new holiday outfits

Google Translate Language Addition Info:

Spotlight on our new languages

In Africa, we’re adding Somali, Zulu, and the 3 major languages of Nigeria.
  • Hausa (Harshen Hausa), spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 35 million native speakers
  • Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo) spoken in Nigeria with 25 million native speakers
  • Yoruba (èdè Yorùbá) spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 28 million native speakers
  • Somali (Af-Soomaali) spoken in Somalia and other countries around the Horn of Africa with 17 million native speakers
  • Zulu (isiZulu) spoken in South Africa and other south-western African countries with 10 million native speakers
Throughout Asia, we’re launching languages spoken in Mongolia and South Asia.
  • Mongolian (Монгол хэл), official language in Mongolia and also spoken in parts of China with 6 million native speakers
  • Nepali (नेपाली), spoken in Nepal and India with 17 million native speakers
  • Punjabi language (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) (Gurmukhi script), spoken in India and Pakistan with 100 million native speakers
Thanks to the volunteer effort of passionate native speakers in New Zealand, we’re adding the language of the Maori people.
  • Maori (Te Reo Māori), spoken in New Zealand with 160 thousand speakers

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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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