Google Play Books updated, receives translation and highlighting tools

Google is rolling out a minor update to its official Play Books application. Available today, the new version adds some key enhancements that are sure to make your reading experience more enjoyable. Firstly, Google has brought over the ingenious capabilities of its translation service, which is now built directly into the Play Books application. This means users can now translate words or phrases with a simple tap, thanks to an all-new button in the top action bar.

Additionally, Google has now made it possible to take notes and highlight passages using several different colors. The best part, though, is that everything is stored in the cloud, meaning your highlights and notes will sync across your devices. Also new is an optional Sepia theme, as well as 2D page turn animation. If that isn’t enough to excite your inner-geek, Japanese books can now be read in a vertical or right-to-left format, something that many users have been asking for since the initial launch of the app. So, if you like what you see, hit the Play Store link after the break.

Source: Official Android Blog

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Born in southern California, Colton is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast. His first Android handset was the Motorola Backflip, though his passion for technology began when he received his first Windows 95-powered PC for a Christmas present as a child. Dumbfounded by the capabilities of the machine, he discovered an inherent fascination for software and electronics. Colton wrote for numerous news publications before establishing his own popular technology-oriented website. When he's not writing about or playing with the latest gadgets, he enjoys watching football and destroying friends in his fantasy league, preferably while eating Mexican food. Colton currently attends the University of Redlands, where he plans to major in journalism.