One of the features of the Google Translate mobile app, Google Translator, which are gaining increasing popularity is instant translation with the camera. This feature allows you to view a translation in your own language by simply pointing the lens of your smartphone camera at a text printed in a foreign language.
This is a real-time translation function similar to that recently launched by Mountain View’s company in Google Lens and is an intuitive way to understand what’s around us, particularly useful when you’re traveling abroad.
Now Google has introduced new updates to that Google Translator feature, making it even more useful.
Instant translation with the camera, support for 60 other languages was added, including Arabic, Hindi, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese. The supported languages are now 88 (a full list is available at this link).
But this is not the end: previously, you could only translate between English and other languages, while now you can translate into any of the over 100 languages supported by Google Translator. This means that it is now possible to translate, for example, from Arabic to French or Japanese to Chinese and so on.
Google Translator update does not only concern the number of languages supported, but also the quality of translation. For the first time, Google explained, the neural machine translation (NMT) technology has been integrated into snapshot translations with the camera.
This, Google argues, allows for more accurate and natural translations, reducing errors by 55-85 percent in certain language combinations. In addition, most languages can be downloaded to your device, so that you can use the function even without an Internet connection. However, when the device is connected to the Internet, the company stresses, the function uses this connection to generate higher quality translations.
And since the eye also wants its part, this feature also takes on a new look: the new look has been designed to make the function more intuitive to use. In the past, one could have noticed a’sfarfallio’ of the translated text displayed on the phone, which made reading more difficult. Developers have now reduced this \’flickering \’, making the text more stable and easier to understand.
The new look includes the three camera translation functions conveniently positioned at the bottom of the app: Instant translates text into foreign language when pointing the camera towards it; Scan allows you to take a photo and use your finger to highlight
More information about the app is available at this link.