Overall, Google Translate has been a major lifesaver for a lot of us. It’s been there for us when wanting to look up dirty words in Spanish and it’s definitely been there for us (well, at least for me) when in need of finishing a language essay. But as of a few days ago, it just got a whole lot better, and from my perspective, a whole lot more practical!
As our smartphones have developed into becoming our own bread and water, the Google Translate app just got a major facelift. As of Wednesday the app has added the ability to actually translate printed text simply by aiming your phone’s camera at it — even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.
This new feature will be available on both the iOS and Android version of the app, allowing users to translate French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish to English, and vice versa.
Now considering how we face sky-high roaming charges as soon as we cross the borders, the update is definitely exciting news – for all of us! Believe it or not, this concept has been around for quite some time now. A similar offline feature, which has been available via the Word Lens app from Quest Visual, was acquired by Google last year. Though according to a Google spokeswoman, the Word Lens app will no longer be supported.
“The standalone app will ramp down soon, now that it is fully integrated into the Google Translate app, giving users all of the features of Google Translate and Word Lens,” the spokeswoman said.
The new update has another trick up its sleeve; using the app to translate conversations without having to manually select language as was previously demanded. Now, the app will automatically detect which language is being spoken after initial setup. In other words, you tell it you’re working with English and French, and it’ll detect which is which during your conversation.
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