News by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 24, 2012.
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Google has added several new features to make reading Google Play Books on Android a more informative experience. Google Play Books now offers several new features, including the ability to explore places and definitions mentioned in text. Readers can highlight a location to see a map that resembles a Google Now card, or tap a link to search Google or Wikipedia to learn more about the location. Users can then dismiss the info card by deselecting the highlighted text.
Another highlight feature is the ability to select passages and add notes with personal thoughts, questions, or context. The highlights and notes are then saved online and synchronized to the reader's Google Play account, making them available on a phone, tablet, or web browser. Users can also translate a word or phrase using Google Translate.
The latest version of Google Play is a noticeable improvement to the app that takes advantage of Google's other mobile and web services. The app is available now to users in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United States, and United Kingdom.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.