Google Translate is one of Google’s most useful apps, allowing you to translate text seamlessly, bilingual conversations, web pages, and more between so many languages. Although the app has continued to get new guides like letting you transcribe speech in real time, it hasn’t seen a major UI update in a long time. But that may be changing as Google seems to be working on a major redesign for the Android app.
Google Translate 6.21 was launched over the weekend, and contains a new Activity entitled “NewTranslateActivity” which, when launched, raises And a whole new UI for the app. Work is still ongoing at this point as when launching the activity directly, many things are not functional, including the “camera” button, “more” button, star button at the top left, and the the account button at the top right. But this nonetheless gives us a look at the new design that Google is working on regardless.
As you can see in the screenshots below, the new UI puts a clear emphasis on usability with one hand, with the camera buttons, mic, and language switcher all now appearing at the bottom for more access easy. The new UI also gets rid of the hamburger menu that currently gives access to Phrasebook, Saved Transcripts, Offline translation, and Settings. These options appear to reside under the “More” tab located in the lower left corner.
Interestingly, the introduction of the Manifesto for this new Activity suggests that this redesign is linked to the Pixel 6 series, Google’s next smartphone line is said to be launches in October. The Activity tag refers to a sequence called “app_name_p21”, where “p21” probably refers to Pixel 2021 phones. The current value for the sequence “app_name_p21” is “P21 Translate”, so it appears that this a new design could be launched on the Pixel 6 running Android 12. The Manifesto entry also suggests that this design is the “Material You” redesign for the Translate app, with the style labeled as “ Translate_MaterialNext “- Material Next is the internal code name for Material You.
The new UI that would be exclusive to Pixel phones would not be all surprising, as we have seen Google have done so on several occasions. In any case, the new UI has not been opened for any existing Pixel phone. We will keep going to the APK for more information and let you know if we find anything worth sharing.