Recently Google Translate got very useful update that enables the app to offer real-time translation of spoken foreign languages and also translation of text via the user’s camera.
This modified and updated app enables users to snap a picture of foreign writing, on a sign for instance, and Google Translate will offer up the translated text overlaid on the user’s screen.
Google mentioned in its blog post that “We’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.”
The new feature of translation is currently available for English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. More languages are to be added over time. In its next update, Google will allow Translate to identify if a person is speaking a popular language and then automatically provides what was said in written text. Find the below video to understand how it works.
Google translate team explained how it works stating “simply tap the mic to start speaking in a selected language, then tap the mic again, and the Google Translate app will automatically recognize which of the two languages are being spoken, letting you have a more fluid conversation. For the rest of the conversation, you won’t need to tap the mic again—it’ll be ready as you need it. Asking for directions to the Rive Gauche, ordering bacalhau in Lisbon, or chatting with your grandmother in her native Spanish just got a lot faster.”