With all the work done by Google on language translation and recognition, it’s still a bit strange that some of their apps are english-only. Case in point: Google Now. Relegated to the english language, Google Now has a lot to offer those in the non-english speaking world. Over at XDA Developers, user Sletmo has created a Google Now workaround which will display information in just about any language.
First, a disclaimer: this requires root, so be sure you’re comfortable with modifying your device, should you want to try this one out. Of course, we always recommend creating a backup before modifying anything, so feel free to check it out on XDA if you like. This is also a modified version of Google Now, and XDA notes that installing updates will break functionality.
The app works with any language Android supports, and that’s a very impressive, comprehensive list. One screenshot, which you see above, lists restaurants in Swedish. Pretty sublime for the traveller, or someone who is in need of language immersion. The app site even has very implicit download directions for you, and variable ways to get it working on your device.
We can only hope that this leads to Google supporting languages natively in Google Now, but this is an excellent workaround. If you end up checking it out, please let us know how it worked for you. Conversations on the XDA thread note it being successful, so we’re confident it’s a winner.