Google Translate for Android has a new update with a handful of new features, including the ability to translate text from pictures you take with your phone’s camera.
This should make a nice addition to the translation-by-handwriting feature Google introduced for Android earlier this year (an extension of this technology just made its way to Google’s mobile search just a couple weeks ago).
New reviews hitting the Google Play store are overwhelmingly praising the camera update.
New features include:
- Use camera to take a picture and brush text to translate (available on Android 2.3 and above).
- Get instant translation results as you type.
- Choose dialect preference for speech input.
- Japanese handwriting now recognizes multiple characters at once.
- Added access network state permission to check network availability when sending requests.
The app allows users to translate text between over 64 languages. Supported languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish.