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.
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.