Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

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

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

The Google Translate mobile app can instantly translate some foreign languages through your phone's camera.

And lastly, Google says it is now using Neural Machine Translation for the instant camera translation feature which allows for improved accuracy in translations, reducing errors by 55-85%.

However, when your device is connected to the internet, the feature uses that connection to produce higher quality translations.

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.

Engadget notes that users of the app will have just under 90 input languages, including Arabic, Hindi and Thai.

Google Translate Instant Camera feature is when you fire up your Google Translate app on your phone, use the camera to point to a text or sign in a different language, and the app automatically translates that to another language. Previously, users had to manually enter the source language being scanned. You can find a list of all 88 by clicking on this link.

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

Google Translate is a pretty handy app when you are travelling, or just on holiday overseas. 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 Translate's new instant camera will begin rolling out to about one percent of users today, with full availability coming in the next few weeks. Earlier the translated text used to flicker on the screen, making it annoying at times but now as per the company claims, the flickering has been reduced to make the text more readable.

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