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InstaLate

Online dictionary that doesn't require you to switch apps by hand.
New in version 1.1.1
- optionally trigger translation by share intent
- add provider that opens DeepL in browser
- add support for Android S (remove setting to hide context menu item)
Features:
- Distraction-free translation displayed above the currently used app
- Choose from different translation providers
- 3 different trigger modes:
1. Context menu
2. Share intent
3. Floating button (requires the word to be copied/cut to the system clipboard first)
- Button freely movable via drag 'n' drop
- Android versions < 10 only: show/hide button automatically

Permissions:
- INTERNET:
Allows InstaLate to use the internet to lookup translations
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE:
Allows InstaLate to verify if the device is connected to the internet
- FOREGROUND_SERVICE:
Allows InstaLate to run a service that listens to clipboard changes and to show a floating button
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED:
Allows InstaLate to optionally start this service during start-up of the device
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW:
Allows InstaLate to display a floating button over other apps

Privacy:
- No search history is stored locally or remotely by this app (last search term is cached in memory only) but it may or may not be possible that your search is tracked by the selected translation provider
- No client-side JavaScript is executed
- HTTPS communication to translation providers

Please be extra cautious to not share sensitive data (passwords etc.) with translation providers by accident! E.g., if you're using the floating button don't trigger a translation if your password has been copied to the system clipboard (apart from that you should never copypaste your passwords).

Tips and Tricks:
- If an app has implemented a custom context menu see if the floating button trigger mode works for you which utilizes the system clipboard
- Integration into "Librera" (FOSS ebook reader):
1. Select any word in the document by long-pressing it (text selection must be supported)
2. In the opening dialog tap the "+" sign at the bottom and select InstaLate
3. Next time you long-press a word you'll have access to the InstaLate button at the bottom

Thanks:
To all translation providers and their awesome services this application would be nothing without (in alphabetical order):
- Beolingus: https://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/
- DeepL: https://www.deepl.com/
- Dict. cc: https://www.dict.cc/
- GNU CIDE: https://gcide.gnu.org.ua/
- Heinzelnisse: https://www.heinzelnisse.info/
- Linguee: https://www.linguee.com/
- WikDict: https://www.wikdict.com/
- Wiktionary: https://wiktionary.org/

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 1.1.1 (8) suggested Added on 2021-07-26

    This version requires Android 6.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • com.example.instalate.ENAB_DISAB_TRANSL_PERM
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

    Download APK 3.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.0.2 (6) - Added on 2021-07-05

    This version requires Android 6.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • com.example.instalate.ENAB_DISAB_TRANSL_PERM
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

    Download APK 3.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.0.1 (5) - Added on 2021-06-07

    This version requires Android 6.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • com.example.instalate.ENAB_DISAB_TRANSL_PERM
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

    Download APK 3.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log