Google on Wednesday announced several improvements to its Translate app, making it a better tool for real-time text and speech translation.
The app already allows the consumers to snap an image of the text in a foreign language and then get the translation in 36 languages, but with the latest update, the process is getting smarter. The app will now provide instant translation in the camera mode itself. It will overlay the translated text on the foreign language text right in the camera, even if you don’t have data connection.
The feature uses the Word Lens technology, which was acquired by Google last year from the start-up “Quest Visual.”
The instant translation will initially be available from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
On the speech translation front, the updated app is making the conversation translation faster and more natural.
“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,” Google wrote in a blog post.
The conversation translation uses Google’s cloud servers to get the required processing power needed for quick real-time speech translation, thus unlike the image translation, it will need data connection at all times.
The updated Google Translate app is rolling out now via Google Play and will reach your Android device in the coming days.