CALIFORNIA – No need to worry, if you ever visit a country that speaks a language different than yours. There are a number of tools you can use but the Google Translate app lets you instantly visually translate printed text in 27 languages.
All you need to do is that open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate i.e. a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual etc.
Now, the feature is expanding from seven languages to 27 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
The update is rolling out over both iOS and Android.
To try out the new languages, go to the Google Translate app, set “English” along with the language you’d like to translate, and click the camera button; you’ll be prompted to download a small (~2 MB) language pack for each.
It is pertinent to mention here that Google is not the only tech giant trying to crack instant translation. Microsoft’s Skype also has a real-time language translation product, which works for fifty languages.