The Google Translate app on the iOS platform was previously restricted just to iPhone and iPod touch owners, as the iPad community were left out in the cold. Good news then (who says that Christmas is the only day in the year where good news can be proclaimed?), as Google has recently updated their official Google Translate iOS app which will sport a native interface for, yes, you’ve guessed it – the iPad (and obviously, the iPad 2 as well). This updated version of Google Translate will look very close like the iPhone version, albeit catering for the iPad’s display. A trio of tabs are located at the bottom so that you can switch between translations, favorite items and Settings, while a microphone icon is included for easy speech delivery to the device’s microphone.

Google’s software engineers, however, did not seem too interested to refresh the overall look for the iPad module during the conversion process which is no surprise actually. After all, why would Google want to beautify its apps on a rival platform to its Android operating system? Just give them the bare basics and it should be good enough. You can download Google Translate 1.3 for free over at the App Store.

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