After a dearth of updates that lasted for a year and a half, here comes a new update to the official iOS app of Google Translate. As it happens, this new update isn’t a mere minor update. On the contrary, it’s none other than the app’s long-overdue 2.0 update.

Google Translate 2.0 introduces a new user interface that is described in the update’s release notes as “sleek and modern.” Agreed.

A design refresh had been a long time coming for Google Translate. So it’s nice to finally see the redesign realized in the app through its new update. Of course, the new interface is in accordance with the look and feel established by Google in its other iOS apps.

In addition to its new design, Google Translate 2.0 also introduces handwriting input support. This enables you to write words with your finger to enter text for 49 of the app’s supported languages, including ones that don’t employ Roman script.

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Speaking of supported languages, Google Translate 2.0 also adds support for seven new languages: Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, and Marathi.

Google Translate 2.0 is available now in the App Store for free. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.1 or later.

It’s been a rather eventful week for Google as far as its iOS offerings are concerned. A few days ago, Google was reported to have acquired the file-sharing app Bump. Also, it updated Google Play Books with single sign-on support and other improvements. Yesterday, it updated Chrome with an iOS 7-inspired design and more features. And earlier today, it released Google Wallet in the App Store.