Google now offers an app that converts Android phones to language translators, but instead of typing in a phrase to translate, you take a photo of it.
Google updated its Google Goggles app so that users snap photos–say from a menu, business card, book or sign– and the Android phone will translate it. The app works in English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish but Google is adding more languages. Google Goggles uses what the company calls “visual search.” It allows you to point the smartphone at a physical location such as a painting, or bridge or storefront and Android will identify it. In the future, Google hopes you can point your smartphone at a leaf and Google will identify what tree it comes from or at a chess board and Google will tell you the next move.
For now Google admits it still can’t translate every image, but it clearly has big ambitions. Goggles works on phones with Android 1.6 or higher. The video explains it.
Source: Google via AFP