Google’s Translate app for Android lets you translate text or spoken words in dozens of languages. Up until recently you’ve needed an internet connection to do that, but the latest version of Google Translate adds support for offline language packs.
That means you can use your phone or tablet to help navigate a foreign country even if you don’t have a wireless signal.
Google Translate is available as a free download from the Play Store. Offline language support should work with most devices running Android 2.3 or later.
You’ll need to download a language package to your device before you can use it, and the word list you download won’t be quite as large as what’s available online.
But there are more than 50 language pairs to choose from, and the ability to translate at least some words on the go is better than watching your phone turn into a useless lump of plastic and metal when you go off the grid.