Earlier this month, Microsoft started testing the ability to translate text right within the SwiftKey keyboard for Android. The feature is actually fairly interesting, allowing users to type in one language while rendering text in the target language in real-time in the desired text box.
Now, built-in translation is rolling out to users on the regular version of the app alongside some other improvements. Here's the full changelog for this release:
- Access Microsoft Translator from the Toolbar
- You can now type in Adyghe, Nubian (Dongolawi), Dotyali, Gorontalo, Ingush, Kabiye, Mi'kmaq, Newar, Wakhi, Kalmyk & Nubian (Kenzi)
- We've update Arabic (Egypt), S'gaw Karen, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi & Wolof
Beta testers also have something to look forward to today, as they should be receiving their own update. The latest beta version introduces support for Spanish (Mexico) as well as a few smaller improvements:
- Type in a new language: Spanish (Mexico)
- We've improved these languages: English (AU), English (CA), English (UK), English (India), English (US), Indonesian, Limburgish, Chinese (PRC), Chinese (HK), Chinese (TW) & Persian.
- Reduced memory usage
- Keyboard size too large on your Nokia 7? It's fixed
- General Accessibility improvements
- General Translator improvements
Microsoft has made a ton of improvements to SwiftKey since its acquisition back in 2016, and it's interesting to see the company integrate with some of its other services. With the arrival of a cloud-synced clipboard in the Windows 10 October 2018 update, it would be nice if SwiftKey could link to it as well, but nothing has been announced thus far. If you're interested in trying it out, you can download SwiftKey from here, or test the beta version here.