[Update: Beta Testing] OnePlus’ Instant Translation feature shows up in the latest OxygenOS betas for the OnePlus 7/7T
During the launch of the OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus teased an “Instant Translation” feature that will allow users on live video calls to translate speech between one another. Since the initial teaser, we haven’t seen any indication of when the feature would launch to the public, but now there’s strong evidence it could be soon. The latest OxygenOS Open Betas for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series quietly added the Instant Translation app, even though it isn’t mentioned in the official changelog. We’re not sure why it wasn’t mentioned, but here’s your first look at the feature anyways.
Once you install the latest beta build, you can access Instant Translation from Settings > Utilities > OnePlus Laboratory. If you enable the toggle at the top of the Instant Translation settings page, you’ll have access to a Quick Settings tile that toggles the service. In the Settings page, you can also choose which two languages you want to translate between. Currently, you can select English, French, German, Hindi, or Chinese. Lastly, you can also enable a toggle that will cause the service to only translate speech from the other party.
I enabled the Instant Translation service via the Quick Setting tile on my OnePlus 7 Pro and started a Google Duo video call to my OPPO Find X2 Pro, but I did not see any translation subtitles. The introduction to the feature mentions the service works during video calls, but I’m not sure exactly which applications are supported. I did a quick examination of the APK and found that it uses Google Translate to handle translations, but I couldn’t find much else.
Given that OnePlus hasn’t made any announcements about the inclusion of this service, though, it’s possible that Instant Translation wasn’t meant to be included in this release. If OnePlus does make an announcement, or if we manage to get this feature working, we’ll update this post.
Update: Although the update changelog sent to users does not mention this feature, OnePlus announced on its forums that both Open Beta 11 for the OnePlus 7 series and Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 7T series brings the Instant Translation feature.
Update: Beta Testing
After showing up in the latest OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 7/7T, the company is now looking for testers to try out the new Instant Translate feature. To qualify for the beta testing, you must have a OnePlus 7/7 Pro running OxygenOS Open Beta 11 or a OnePlus 7T/7T Pro running OxygenOS Open Beta 2. The feature currently supports WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in 5 languages: English, French, German, Hindi, and Chinese.
Prospective users can sign up for the beta by filling out this survey. The feature can be found at Settings > Utilities > OnePlus Laboratory > Instant Translation.