Google Chrome’s translation – A brabhsálaí gréasáin ilteangach (or, a multilingual web browser)

Since announcing the latest Google Chrome beta earlier this month, we’ve been excited to receive feedback from our beta users on the browser’s new translation and privacy features. Today, we’re introducing these features in the stable channel, so that they’re widely available to everyone who uses Google Chrome on Windows.

Google Chrome’s translation feature is the latest step in the evolution of translation tools across Google. Just a few years ago, Google’s translation tools consisted of a site where you had to copy and paste text into a box — and it only worked for a handful of languages. Today, our translation technology works across 52 languages and can automatically detect and translate entire websites in less than a second. Chrome’s translation feature automatically detects if the language of the webpage you’re on is different from your preferred language setting, The browser will then display a prompt asking if you’d like the page to be translated using Google Translate. With one click, you can instantly translate the page, and all of its text will appear in your preferred language. Here’s a demo of Chrome’s translation feature:


Language detection happens only on your computer, so no information is sent to Google Translate until you choose to translate a page. You can read more about how this feature works on the Google Translate Blog.

In addition, we’ve introduced new privacy features in this stable release to give you even greater control of your privacy while helping to protect the information that you do decide to share online. You can now manage Chrome’s privacy settings via the browser’s Options dialog. From these settings, you can control how browser cookies, images, pop-ups and even JavaScript and plug-ins are handled on a site-by-site basis. For example, you can set up rules to allow cookies exclusively for sites that you trust, while blocking them from for untrusted sites. For the in-depth scoop, check out google.com/chrome/privacy or watch our video series on privacy and browsers.

For those of you who already use Chrome, go raibh maith agaibh! You’ll soon be updated with these new features. And for those of you who haven’t yet tried Google Chrome, download it at google.com/chrome.

Posted by Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director, Google Munich

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