Brave browser users may have noticed translation prompts in the browser when visiting foreign language websites for a few weeks. Brave, which previously relied on Google Translate, has switched the translation function to a privacy-friendly alternative.
Previously, when Brave users visited a foreign language website, they were presented with an option to install a Google Translate plugin. While this ensured websites and content could be translated, it wasn’t the most privacy-friendly option.
Now, with the release of Brave 1.43.88 for desktop systems and Android in early September 2022, there is a switch to a new translation service. Like Vivaldi Technologies, Brave uses a self-hosted Lingvanex server to enable translations.
Whenever Brave users visit a website that is in a foreign language, meaning a language that is not installed on the user’s device, Brave offers to translate it. The prompt is subtle, showing only the source and target languages and a menu icon. Compared to Vivaldi, it lacks direct access to options, including the ability to select a different target language and enable the Always Translate option.
These are supported by Brave, but only appear when the menu is selected. To translate a web page, all you have to do is select the default target language. Translations are quick, just like Vivaldi.
The menu displays options to change the target language, settings to always or never translate the language, or never show the translation prompt for the active site. The final option provides users with the ability to switch the source language if Brave failed to detect the language.
Brave’s new translation feature is a self-hosted, privacy-friendly service that doesn’t require connections to Google to translate webpages. Brave’s translation function and Vivaldi’s still require an internet connection. Mozilla’s Firefox Translate feature for Firefox integrates locally with the Firefox browser, meaning users can translate content without connecting to servers on the internet.
The only downside to using Firefox Translate is that language support is currently limited.
However, for Brave users who rely on the translation feature, this is an important feature.
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