New Google Chrome Browser Beta Offers Auto-Translation

A new beta of Google’s web browser is to offer automatic translation of websites, as well as enhanced privacy controls

Google has launched a new beta of its Chrome web browser, which includes beefed up privacy features and instant machine translation, as the search engine giant looks to accelerate the adoption of its web surfing application.

Launched to beta on 1 March, the new polyglot feature recognises when the language of a web page a user is viewing is different from his preferred language setting, and displays a prompt asking if the user would like the page translated via Google Translate.

Because this tool utilises the existing Translate technology, this is all done on-the-fly, without plug-ins or browser extensions.

Google Chrome engineer Jay Civelli demonstrated how the translation tool works in this video here.

Translate is a work in progress, so not all of the translations will be clean, crisp and accurate. But as with everything else Google does, Translate is an iterative technology that will Google will advance over time.

The Chrome team also added a new Privacy section in Chrome’s Options dialog that lets users control how browser cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins, and pop-ups are handled for each website that users access with Chrome.

This tool joins Chrome’s incognito mode tool, which lets users mask the digital footprints normally left on their computers as they surf the web. Check out all of Chrome’s privacy features in this video here.

Chrome users in Google’s Chrome beta channel will receive the new machine translation and privacy features automatically, with those on the stable channel seeing the new tools in the coming weeks.

The new Chrome features come as Net Applications found Chrome grew from 5.2 percent in January to 5.6 percent in February.

Chrome began seeing great pickup after 8 December, when Google launched beta versions of Chrome for Mac and Linux, as well as Chrome Extensions.

Adding new translation and privacy features won’t hurt either as Google, which passed Apple’s Safari in December, sets its sights on Mozilla Firefox, which fell from 24.4 percent to 24.2 percent and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which slipped from 62.1 percent to 61.6 percent.

Read more about Chrome’s growth on TechMeme here.

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