It looks like in the future, Chrome users will not need to have a Translate Extension in order to read sites that are in a foreign language. That’s because with Chrome 5, which is currently in beta, it is built into the latest developer version. I personally had installed the Google Translate feature from Google’s Extension site when I first downloaded Chrome 5, so I didn’t even realize this until I came across the info myself.
Now, when you are at a site that is in a different language than yours, Chrome 5 automatically detects that and asks you if you want to translate the page. It takes a few seconds, then you will be able to read the page in your language. Sometimes the translation isn’t perfect but I have yet to find a time when I cannot understand what I am reading.
This feature acts exactly like the Translate Extension so much so that it make me wonder what else Google is planning on integrating into Chrome for future versions. This one was a good idea, as Translate isn’t really something that you notice until you are on a site you cannot read because it isn’t in your own language. One other thing: there doesn’t appear to be a way to turn Translate off as of yet but you can set a site to not notify for translation from the options menu located on the right hand side:
In a nutshell Translate is a useful, transparent feature that has been baked into this version of Chrome. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we keep seeing Google add more of their applications and services directly into the browser if they feel it is of utmost use and convenience.
While this may make it into a future Chrome 4 update, to use this now you must be on the current Dev Channel. This is the most recent Chrome version that is available and is ahead of the monthly beta updates that Google pushes out. You can download Chrome 5 Dev for all platforms right here.