Google Translate gets a new Material You home screen widget

After years of neglect, home screen widgets finally got a major facelift in Android 12. The new widget content makes you follow the guidelines and is more useful, responsive and interactive. Several popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube Music, Google Drive and Maps have already received refreshed home screen widgets. Now another Google app is getting a widget refresh: Google Translate.

When the Google Translate app got its major Content U redesign late last year, it didn’t bring any updates to the home screen widget. But that is finally changing as Google has started rolling out a new Google Translate widget.

The previous widget was fairly basic in nature and offered only a quick 1×1 shortcut that you could link to open text, camera, conversation or write mode activity. The new Translate Quick Actions widget is more capable and useful, providing shortcuts for voice translation, conversation, transcript, and camera modes.

Screenshot Credits: Twitter User @pulkit_bbk

The top row displays the currently set language pair, while a clipboard shortcut appears on the right. The number of shortcuts changes dynamically as you resize the widget; At max, you can display up to four quick actions. On devices running Android 12, the widget fully supports dynamic color themes and takes on the dominant color of your wallpaper.

The new Translate Quick Actions widget hasn’t rolled out widely. This was not available on my Android 12 phone with Google Translate v6.35. Google’s tweet doesn’t reveal much about the exact availability. In any case, it shouldn’t take too long for the new widget to be rolled out to everyone.

Interestingly, Google Translate is also working on the “Saved translation” widget (h/t .) Mishal Rehman), although it has not been rolled out for the users yet.


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