Google Translate app for Android
Google has rolled out another update to its Translate app for Android by translations of pictured text. It’s a feature that first appeared in Google Goggles, but it now allows users to highlight which text they want to translate by running their fingers over specific words. Adding Google Goggle’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. The update will now enables Translate users to translate text using a device’s camera lens. Earlier, users had to manually type out, hand write or say it aloud to get the translation (eg: you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations). Now all you need to do is click!
The app currently supports character recognition for languages namely Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Google will be adding some more languages to the list in the near future.
Translate text between more than 64 languages.
“This makes Google Translate for Android one of our most intelligent and machine learning-intensive apps. Speech recognition, handwriting recognition, OCR, and machine translation all rely on powerful statistical models built on billions of samples of data,” says Google in a blog post.
Users will need to have Android 2.3 or higher installed for the software to work. It’s another sign of how smartphones are able to become instant translation tools out in the world.
Google Translate app for Android is available for free in the Google Play store. To download, click here.