Google adds real-time translation capabilities to Chrome browser

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Google has introduced a new beta feature that allows Chrome users to navigate the multilingual web in real-time without installing browser extensions or plug-ins. 



"Whether you're catching up on your favorite Arabic gameshow, getting up to speed on the latest Korean mobile gadgetry, or researching the local perspective for a dream trip to Machu Picchu, we're all constantly reminded that the internet is an amazingly multilingual place," explained Google spokesperson Wieland Holfelder.

"How does it work? When the language of the webpage you're viewing is different from your preferred language setting, Chrome will display a prompt asking if you'd like the page to be translated for you using Google Translate."

According to Holfelder, the latest beta release of Chrome includes a number of new features that offer users "even greater choice and control" over privacy settings. 

"In addition to Chrome's existing incognito mode – a handy way to browse the web without leaving traces of website visits on your computer or downloads in your browser history – you can now manage your privacy settings in the new 'Privacy' section of Chrome's Options dialog," said Holfelder.

"From these settings, you can control how browser cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins, and pop-ups are handled on a site-by-site basis. For example, you can set up cookie rules to allow cookies specifically only for sites that you trust, and block cookies from untrusted sites."