A trio of Google’s apps received updates today, joining Google Search or Google Now on Jelly Bean devices. Google Translate received a major update, now providing the ability to recognize Chinese, Japanese and Korean using a device’s phone. The capability is limited to horizontal text only for now, but we can only imagine the ability to translate vertical text must be in the works. Google also added eleven new languages, Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Welsh, to the list that can handle handwritten text.
Joining Google Translate in the field of communication is the Google Voice app. Today’s update fixes some problems with SMS notifications, inbox syncing between devices, and duplicate notifications. Google Voice can be used for a variety of communication tasks, from making cheap international calls to free text messaging to reviewing voicemails.
The third app to get an update is Google Authenticator. The Authenticator app is a utility that helps users implement 2-step account verification by generating necessary codes on a mobile device. The update improves the user interface and addresses some bugs in the account setup work flow.
To grab any of the apps or update them on your device, use one of the links below.