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Google is Updating Its Translate App With 'Word Lens' Instant Translation and Conversation Mode

Google is Updating Its Translate App With 'Word Lens' Instant Translation and Conversation Mode

Posted January 14, 2015 at 6:32pm by iClarified · 14231 views
Google has announced a major update to its Google Translate app for iOS and Android which brings instant translation with Word Lens and easier conversation translations.

Instant translation with Word Lens
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. This instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Google says it's working to expand to more languages.

Google is Updating Its Translate App With 'Word Lens' Instant Translation and Conversation Mode

Have an easier conversation using the Translate app
Starting today, 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.

These updates will be coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. This is the first time some of these advanced features, like camera translations and conversation mode, will be available for iOS users.

You can download Google Translate from the App Store for free. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for updates.

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Peet111 - January 14, 2015 at 7:50pm
Google should invest more time in the actual engine first. In translate overall that is. It's a steaming pile of doo right now. Compare any translation from GT to what bing does (granted bing uses babelfish which has more history) and it is a crying shame. I'm shocked at the botched translations. My favorite example being an Italian restaurant menu suggesting I order "machinegun you to a matrica of shrimp." Yea, pretty sure that wasn't accurate. Obviously it's not word lens at fault but the engine that translates.
?¿ - January 14, 2015 at 9:44pm
My school have banned google translate where they have forgotten babel fish or don't know about it
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