Google's Circle to Search now does instant language translation

Vlad, 03 April 2024

Last week Google rolled out Circle to Search for the Pixel 6 family and the Pixel 7a, and in the same announcement it also revealed that Circle to Search would be getting an instant translation feature in the future. This is now appearing to be rolling out.

The translation happens in-line, with the translated text entirely replacing the original one, as you can see in the quick video below. It's all very simple really, you invoke Circle to Search the usual way, then simply tap on the new Translate icon that shows up to the right of the Google bar. And voila! It's all translated.

As usual with Google rollouts, it's unclear how wide this has spread so far. To use it right away, you might need to be using the latest beta Google app for Android, and of course it goes without saying that you need to have one of a few handsets that have support for Circle to Search in the first place - Google's Pixels from the Pixel 6 onwards, or one of Samsung's Galaxy S24 series, S23 series, Z Flip5, or Z Fold5.

If you do, and you haven't gotten the translation feature yet, be patient - Google rollouts can sometimes take weeks to conclude. But the good news is that it's now on the way.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 07 Apr 2024
  • YYX

It’s the manual version of Now on Tap.

I know what the point of it is. I was expecting the original image to be at least among those. In Morgan Freeman's voice, "It wasn't". I hope Samsung will use own Bixby Vision as Circle to search replacement (at least as opti...

  • Anonymous
  • 04 Apr 2024
  • 05a

You're missing the point of the feature, though. It's for information search, not reverse source search. For that you have search engines like Tineye. When you circle and search a cat photo, it probably tries to find the "best" (p...

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