Android owners who love to travel around the globe would surely jump in exaltation, as the Google Translate app is now able to translate texts from your images.
According to Android Central, this feature of Google Translate works with all the languages that are available in Translate.
So how does this work and what are its applications?
Well, if you are going to a foreign country where English is not widely used, you just have to take a snapshot of a road sign, a menu or just about anything that needs translating. Users then highlight the text that needs to be translated. Google would then send the image off to its servers and gives the user the translated text or phrase.
This new feature is similar to Word Lens, an iOS app that translates texts captured by the iPhone camera. Word Lens unfortunately only supports four languages, English, Italian, French and Spanish. Each language pack would cost you $4.99.
The Google Translate is available for download at the Google Play store for Android phones that run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread or later.
Will this be a big boost to the Google? Google Translate may not translate the word or phrase perfectly. What it does, is give you a glimpse of what it would mean. Trying it out, it was not 100% correct. But it does give a similar meaning to the correct one.
Google is battling all other email providers with their new features that could potentially increase their subscribers and continue their good fortunes.
The company announced yesterday that they are going to release their automatic message translation option to all Gmail users these upcoming days. This will translate foreign languages that are included in your email to a language you can understand with just a simple click. You can also reply to the sender in his native language by using this new feature.
According to Jeff Chin, product manager for Google Translate, he said that this is one of the most popular features in Gmail Labs. The company has been using this feature since 2009 but just released this to the public yesterday.
Chin wrote in a blog post, “We heard immediately from Google Apps for Business users that this was a killer feature for working with local teams across the world. Some people just wanted to easily read newsletters from abroad. Another person wrote in telling us how he set up his mom’s Gmail to translate everything into her native language, thus saving countless explanatory phone calls.”
You can simply turn the option off if you don’t want to use the feature.
Last week, Google Translate marked its sixth year anniversary. This service provides valuable help to foreigners in different countries and at the same time, can even act as your tutor for foreign language education.
According to Google, the number of individuals who visit the site are staggering. They said that about 200 million individuals use the free online translation service per month.
Google Translate engineer Franz Och said, “In a given day we translate roughly as much text as you’d find in one million books. We imagine a future where anyone in the world can consume and share any information, no matter what language it’s in, and no matter where it pops up.”
Och used to work for US military research arm DARPA before he jumped ship to the California based company last 2003.
This service allows people to past or key in an on screen box a word to translate into a language of their choice.
Och added, “We can now translate among any of 64 different languages, including many with a small Web presence, such as Bengali, Basque, Swahili, Yiddish… and even Esperanto.”
Even its smartphone app has seen a growth in its users and about 92% of them are residing outside of the US.
“What all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day,” he added.