You Can Now Use the Google Translate App Without a VPN

By Bridget O'Donnell, March 29, 2017

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Sick of questionable Chinese-English translations from platforms like WeChat and Baidu? Well that's about to change, because the Google Translate App has just been reintroduced to China. (Hooray!)

The tech giant just relaunched Translate for iOS and Android in China today, and you no longer need a VPN to use it. It marks the first time Google has relaunched a mobile app specifically for users in China, according to TechCrunch.

Download the iOS version from the Chinese Apple Store here. Android users, meanwhile, will need to directly download from Google's servers here. (Google Play remains unavailable).

READ MORE: Google's Chinese-English Translations Improving Thanks to Upgrade

The web version of Google Translate, meanwhile, is and has remained accessible for China-based users for the last eight years. With an app now thrown into the mix, Google Translate has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of Chinese mobile users.

The app relaunch is one of Google's first major steps in making a big comeback to the Chinese Mainland. 

Earlier this month, it emerged that the search engine giant — which pulled out of China in 2010 over censorship rules — was in talks with the government to return.

READ MORE: Is Google About to Make a China Comeback?

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