Google Translate Camera Gets Automatic Upgrade

The Google Translate camera app has long been a source of quick and convenient translation. Simply hold up the camera to text that is in a language that you don’t understand, whether it’s a menu, street sign, or poster, and the camera will (theoretically) translate the text for you into the language that you understand. While this feature is handy, the upgrade for automatic detection of language takes the guesswork out of using the app. Say you are in a country where the people speak multiple languages, and you approach a sign that you don’t know which language the writing is in, instead of guessing and toggling through options on the camera app, the app not automatically detects the language.

Google Translate’s camera (or computer vision translation capabilities) also got an upgrade with an addition of 60 new languages for instant translation. Approximately 25 of the newly added languages, including Arabic, Swahili, and Urdu, are available for offline translations and require no network connection. However, translations are more accurate when your device is connected to the internet.

There's also a new look with three features on the bottom of the app. "Instant” translates text into your language when you simply point your camera at it. "Scan" is used for when you take a photo of text to be translated, and highlight the text to translate into your native language. “Import” lets you translate text from photos that you have already taken.

Below are the languages from which you can translate:

Afrikaans

Albanian

Arabic

Azerbaijani

Basque

Belarusian

Bengali

Bosnian

Bulgarian

Catalan

Cebuano

Chichewa

Chinese

Corsican

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English

Esperanto

Estonian

Filipino

Finnish

French

Frisian

Galician

German

Greek

Haitian Creole

Hausa

Hawaiian

Hindi

Hmong

Hungarian

Icelandic

Igbo

Indonesian

Irish

Italian

Japanese

Javanese

Kazakh

Korean

Kurdish

Kyrgyz

Latin

Latvian

Lithuanian

Luxembourgish

Macedonian

Malagasy

Malay

Maltese

Maori

Marathi

Mongolian

Nepali

Norwegian

Pashto

Persian          

Polish

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Samoan

Scots Gaelic

Serbian

Sesotho

Shona

Sindhi

Slovak

Slovenian

Somali

Spanish

Sundanese

Swahili

Swedish

Tajik

Thai

Turkish

Ukrainian

Urdu

Uzbek

Vietnamese

Welsh

Xhosa

Yoruba

Zulu

You can translate the source language into any of the languages supported in Google Translate.

2 COMMENTS

  1. In fact, as far as I know, almost all Google products get an automatic update, if the project is not closed, it gets a permanent upgrade. I read about it in this article. Google is a leader in many aspects, so constantly updating its products is part of the job

  2. This is a great app, it has saved me a lot of time while traveling. When in cities hang different announcements, on transfer of a bus stop, repair works or still something, it is very important to use similar software. I expect different translation equipment will get as many updates as this app

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