Whether it’s be reading a book, or browsing the web, you occasionally come across a word that you are not intimately familiar with, or sometimes haven’t even seen it before. Even being a writer by trade, I’ve at times felt that sudden urge to pounce on a dictionary and know what that specific word or phrase meant.
If you have been through the same situation then you might have thought about having some sort of pop-up dictionary in your Android device for quick and easy word definitions. But unfortunately, most Android apps lack this functionality. While you can find a few mods that let you add a built-in dictionary search to all apps on Android, they require your device to be rooted.
Well, it’s no more the case as the development team at Word Snitch has brought you a new app that integrates this search feature to non-rooted devices.
Word Snitch is compatible with Android 3.0 or higher and works with all the reading and news apps that allow you to copy the text. So if you want to add a nifty context menu dictionary search to all Android apps on your device, follow the simple guide given below.
Add a Context Menu Dictionary Search to Any Android App
Step 1: Setting up the App
Install the Power Reading: Word Snitch from Google Play. To enable the dictionary lookup service, simply launch the app. Once you see an ongoing notification that says “Snitching On,” you’re ready to use the feature.
Step 2: Automating the Service
You can automate Word Snitch to trigger it only when you’re using certain apps. To enable this service, tap the settings icon in the main menu of the app. Then check the box next to “Enable Smart Snitching,” and select any apps that you would want to trigger the pop-up dictionary feature for.
Step 3: Using the Dictionary Search Feature
When the Word Snitch service is all set and running, simply open any app that supports copy and paste functionality and long-press the word you want to look up in the dictionary. Then tap the “Copy” button at the top of the screen. This will immediately prompt a pop-up at the bottom of the screen that displays the definition of your highlighted word.
If you feel the need to find even more info about the word, tap the globe icon at the top right corner of the pop-up, and you’ll be taken directly to a Google search of this term.
You also have the option to edit the dictionary and add example sentences where it needs to be. Further, Word Snitch will save your search history within its app for use at later time.
If you’ve used the new context menu dictionary search feature, don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments section below.