Google's Translate's Instant Camera Translation Gets New Languages, Improved Features

Google Translate instant camera translations get a massive boost

Google Translate instant camera translations get a massive boost

It's a rather practical feature, but it's getting even better with a series of new additions.

Google Translate's instant camera translation also offers automatic language detection now.

There's also support for 60 new languages, including Hindi, Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Slovenian, Welsh, Samoan, Latvian and Estonian - to name a few from the full updated list of 88 languages. The firm's Instant camera feature lets users translate text around them simply by pointing their smartphone's camera at it. Previously, users had to manually enter the source language being scanned. This should prove particularly useful if you travel to places where multiple languages are commonly used and have difficulty with restaurant menus and road signs.

What's Spanish for phishing? Akamai security researcher Larry Cashdollar received a suspicious email last month (h/t: ZDNet), ... The feature - which also appears in Google Lens - should result in more accurate translations when you're connected to the internet.

Of course this wouldn't be a Google announcement without a little Machine Learning in there, and Google is claiming a reduction in errors between 55-85% along with a faster translation time thanks to their new Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technology built into the app.

The final major tweak is a visual change, as the search giant has tried to make the app more intuitive.

Instant Translate modes have been promoted to the app's main interface, so on launch you can now easily select between Instant, Scan or Import.

Google announced updates to this camera feature on Wednesday, revealing that its translation tool can now translate between more than 100 languages; before now, the tool could only translate between English and select other languages. With the app installed on your iOS or Android device, you just point the camera lens at foreign text and it will translate the text into your language.

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