Google Translate 6.5 tests Android 10 dark mode support and continues work on Transcribe mode
A system-wide dark mode has arguably been one of the most requested features on Android for quite some time. Google finally delivered with the first stable rollout of Android 10 late last year, pushing a new darker theme for the operating system. The company also rolled out individual dark mode toggles for many of its apps, including Google Keep, Files, Photos, Duo and more. However, the dark mode hasn’t made it to all of Google’s Android apps yet. For instance, the Google Translate app still doesn’t have a dark theme. But the latest update for the app reveals that the company has finally started testing dark mode support for the app.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, managed to manually enable the dark theme in version 6.5 of the Google Translate app on his Pixel 4. As you can see in the attached screenshots, turning on the dark mode switches the white elements in the app’s UI to a dark gray color without changing the color of the elements in blue.
The dark gray color spans across the app’s home page, phrasebook, and language selection menu, but the app’s Settings menu has a black background. As of now, the feature isn’t enabled in version 6.5 of the Google Translate app and our Managing Editor, Joe Fedewa, didn’t see a similar dark theme on his Pixel upon sideloading the latest update.
Along with the dark mode, the app also continues work on the Transcribe Mode which was first spotted back in December last year. The feature essentially allows you to translate uninterrupted speed in Google Translate to facilitate a conversation between users who don’t speak the same language. Google officially showed off the feature late last month at its AI Press Day event. The feature now appears as an icon labeled Transcribe right next to the Camera and Conversation icons in the app. The rest of the UI remains the same as what we spotted last year.
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