Google Translate's camera translation feature now supports 60 new languages

Google Translate instant camera translations get a massive boost

Google Translate instant camera translations get a massive boost

One of the particularly useful functions of the Google Translate app I find is the instant camera translation. First of all, Google has increased the supported languages for camera translation from 28 to 88 (full list here), and it will now support automatic detection of the source language - a feature than can really help in areas with distinct dialects. From that selection, users will be able to output into over 100 languages.

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Earlier, you had to select the source language and the language you wanted to translate the text in manually. In addition to the instant camera, Google Translate can translate using voice, handwritten or typed text and images. For example, let's say you're on a road trip in Spain and aren't sure whether the sign you're looking at is in Catalan, Galician or Basque.

Google has just announced a handful of improvements for the real-time camera-based translation in the Google Translate app.

With the above feature benefits described, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Google has sharpened up the technology behind this app. And the feature works even if you don't have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Google has allowed user-selected language data pack downloads (for offline use) for some time now, and these still work well. The instant camera feature, for those unfamiliar, allows you to point your phone's camera at any text from the real-world, and Google Translate can translate that into any language you want. "We've reduced that flickering, making the text more stable and easier to understand", the company noted.