Google Translate gets updates, adds the ability to translate via pictures and more

The official Google Translate app for Android received a major update with features that many people will find useful. The number one feature being the ability to translate text from pictures. With the new update, you can now use your phone’s rear-facing camera to snap a picture and have the app translate the text in the picture. The app won’t automatically translate all the text it finds in the picture though; you will need to highlight the text you want to have translated.

Now, instead of typing things in another language, simply snap a pic, highlight the text to translate, and boom, instant translation. This new translation feature is only available on devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or above.

In addition to the translate from pictures feature, the app update also brings the following new features:

  • Instant translation as you type
  • The ability to choose dialect preference for speech input
  • Japanese handwriting now recognizes multiple characters at once
  • The app now checks for network availability when sending translation requests

To grab the updated app, head over to the Google Play store or scan the QR code below. Now we just need access to offline translation. I’m pretty sure that Google is working on it and will make it available at some point in the future. If they can do offline speech recognition in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, they will figure out a way to do offline translations!

[qrcode size=”150″]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate[/qrcode]
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Google Play Store Link