Google Translate is testing a much needed overhaul that could be launched on the Pixel 6 – .

Google Translate is testing a much needed overhaul that could be launched on the Pixel 6 – .

Google Translate is one of the most useful Google apps, allowing you to seamlessly translate text, bilingual conversations, web pages, and more between so many languages. While the app has continued to gain new tricks like letting you transcribe speech in real time, it hasn’t seen a major UI update for a long time. But that could change soon as Google seems to be working on a big redesign of the Android app.

An APK teardown can often predict features that might arrive in a future update of an app, but it’s possible that one of the features we mention here may not in a future release. Indeed, these features are currently not implemented in the live version and can be checked out at any time by the developers in a future version.

Google Translate 6.21 was rolled out over the weekend and contains a new activity called “NewTranslateActivity” which, when launched, displays a brand new user interface for the application. It is still a work in progress at this stage because when launching the activity directly, a lot of things are not functional, notably the “camera” button, the “more” button, the star button at the top left and the button counts at the top right. But it still gives us a glimpse of the new design that Google is working on regardless.

As you can see in the screenshots below, the new user interface has a clear emphasis on one-handed ease of use, with the camera, mic, and language selector buttons appearing. now all at the bottom for easier access. The new user interface also removes the hamburger menu which currently provides access to the phrasebook, recorded transcripts, offline translation, and settings. It looks like these options would reside under the ‘More’ tab located in the lower left corner.

Interestingly, the Manifest entry for this new activity suggests that this redesign is tied to the Pixel 6 series, Google’s next line of smartphones set to launch in October. The activity tag refers to a string named “app_name_p21”, where “p21” probably refers to Pixel 2021 phones. The actual value of the “app_name_p21” string is “P21 Translate”, so it looks like this news design can be run on the Pixel 6 running Android 12. The Manifest entry also suggests that this design is the “Material You” redesign for the Translate app, with the style titled “Translate_MaterialNext” – Material Next is the internal code name by Material You.

The new user interface exclusive to Pixel phones wouldn’t be all that surprising, as we’ve seen Google do this on a number of occasions. Either way, the new UI hasn’t rolled out to any existing Pixel phone. We will continue to dig into the APK for more information and let you know if we find anything worth sharing.


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