Google has released a major update to its Translate app for iOS and Android that features Instant translation using Word Lens. Until now, it was possible to click a picture of a text and get its translation in 36 languages using the Translate app.
After today’s update though, users will only have to point their camera to a street sign and they will see the translated text overlaid on their screen, even without an active data connection. Right now, this feature only supports a handful of languages, including translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Additionally, Google is making real-time conversation mode faster and more natural. Tap the microphone icon to start speaking in a selected language, then tap the icon again and the Translate app will automatically detect the languages being spoken and translate it in real-time. You will not be required to press the microphone button during the rest of the conversation.
This will be the first time that Google will be bringing some of these advanced features to the iOS version of its app. Google says the update will be rolling out to the App Store over the next few days.
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