Google adds photo support to Translate app for Android


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) released an updated version of its Translate application, enabling Android device users to interpret foreign-language street signs, menu descriptions and related text by snapping a photo of the word or phrase in question.

The free Google Translate supports more than 64 languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese. With the new Translate version 2.5, camera-enabled devices running Android 2.3 and above can leverage the new photo-capture feature alongside existing text-enabled and voice-enabled translation options. Google Translate also offers a speech-to-speech Conversation Mode to enable dialogue between speakers with different native tongues, as well as a full-screen option making it easier for others nearby to read text translations.

Google first introduced Translate for the web in 2007 and ported the service to Android in early 2010. The Google Translate app for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS followed in 2011.

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