Google’s Translate App Can Now Use Your Camera to Translate the World in Real Time


If you’re ever in a situation in which you need to understand some text in a foreign language, getting a translation is now as free and easy as loading up your phone’s camera app. Google has updated its Translate app to include real-time on-screen translations of text you point your camera at.

Here’s an animated GIF showing how the system works:


The app is pretty much a 100% free version of Word Lens, an app that blew many a mind when it was launched back in 2010. You don’t even need any kind of Internet connection for it to work.

“[…] it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu,” Google says.

The camera translation is currently offered from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Google says its working on supporting more languages.

(via Inside Search via Lifehacker)