Google Updates Gboard for iOS With Translation Feature

Google this week updated its Gboard app for iOS devices with a new ability to translate text into any language supported by Google Translate (via All Things How). This means that users can now send iMessages in different languages right from their keyboard, without visiting an external app.


To see the translation feature, make sure that your Gboard app is updated to version 1.42.0 and then navigate to the Messages app. Open the keyboard, and then tap the globe icon in the bottom left corner to cycle to Gboard. In Gboard, the new translation feature is represented by an icon immediately to the right of the white G button in the top left corner.

From here, you can choose which language you want to translate your text into, and when you tap the translate button it will automatically be applied to the iMessage entry field so you can send it to your contact. The translation feature in Gboard first launched on Android smartphones back in 2017.

Besides translating text, in Gboard you can send GIFs, emoji, stickers, and access features like glide typing and performing a Google search. The keyboard app also connects to other Google services like YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Contacts.

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4 days ago at 05:49 am
this is amazing! I have been using itranslate for years but it crashes and gives horrible translations. My family lives in Russia and speaks 0 english and i speak 0 russian. I literally use this daily.
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4 days ago at 06:48 am

Wouldn't it be a little bit difficult to translate without knowing what you typed?


Wow. You're so clever!

Please stop pretending you don't know what I mean. Surely you see a problem in sending your texts to Google
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4 days ago at 10:34 am
Oh, a new Google post? Let me check to see if there are ignorant posts about Google being bad. Yep. Like clockwork. It will be an amazing day when talk in a thread can actually be about the Google product or service itself instead of the nonsense above we always see.

I, for one, welcome this update. My German is a bit rusty so this is going to come in handy.

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4 days ago at 06:05 am
I can't think of a better way to enhance the privacy-focused iMessage than by incorporating a Google applet.
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4 days ago at 06:44 am

No. But Google might be reading what I type into the translator...

And typo fixed...

Wouldn't it be a little bit difficult to translate without knowing what you typed?
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4 days ago at 09:55 am

this is amazing! I have been using itranslate for years but it crashes and gives horrible translations. My family lives in Russia and speaks 0 english and i speak 0 russian. I literally use this daily.


Technology amazes me. How many years ago would it have been unthinkable to do this?
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4 days ago at 09:59 am
Cool, but no thank you. I don't want everything I typed being sent and stored at Google for eternity.
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4 days ago at 07:19 am

Wow. You're so clever!

Please stop pretending you don't know what I mean. Surely you see a problem in sending your texts to Google

I know exactly what you mean. And no, I don't see a problem translating the text through Google. Regardless of what translator is used the text is going to a 3rd party. So what's Google actually going to do?
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If you'll notice, in the screen shot it does state "The text that you type in the translate box will be sent to Google for translation". I'm thinking Google won't be able to translate it if it's encrypted. Just sayin...

That's why I asked what his objection was. Breaking encryption was just me being snarky. As stated in a subsequent post, no matter the translator, the message is read by a 3rd party.
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4 days ago at 07:05 am

So are you implying that the end-to-end encryption of iMessage is somehow broken by incorporating Translate?
What's your better way of enhancing iMessage?


If you'll notice, in the screen shot it does state "The text that you type in the translate box will be sent to Google for translation". I'm thinking Google won't be able to translate it if it's encrypted. Just sayin...
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4 days ago at 05:49 am
Thank you?
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