Google adds Word Lens to its Google Translate App

Over the past couple of weeks Microsoft has provided us with more information and a demo of its new Skype Translator feature which translates speech in real-time and displays the translated sentences in the form of captions in the video call.

Today, as reported by the New York Times earlier this week, Google announced an update to their own automatic voice translation for its Android and iOS apps. The new version of the Google Translate mobile apps will now also give live translation from spoken word into written text for select languages and also include the Word Lens technology that Google acquired last year.

Word Lens enables users to translate text using the camera of their smartphone, making it possible to translate street signs or other text in foreign languages, like menus or maps. The nicest feature of Word Lens is that it uses augmented reality, meaning that the translation will be displayed directly on the sign or menu the user wants to translate.

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