Google Translate Update Leaves Travelers Smiling

Google Translate's most recent update is a boon to travelers across the globe. You know that feeling when you're in another country, you need your phone to translate something but are worried you'll come home to a massive cell phone bill? Well, worry no more. This is because the Google Translate app now has the ability to translate printed text simply by pointing your phone's camera at it.

What is the best news of all? You don't even need Internet or a data connection to do so. If that isn't freeing, I don't know what is! The feature will be available on both the Android and iOS versions of the app.

Currently, it can translate French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Although this is not new technology. The World Lens app (from Quest Visual) offered the same functionality. Quest Visual was acquired by Google last year. In addition, a Google spokesperson shared, "The standalone app will ramp down soon, now that it is fully integrated into the Google Translate app, giving users all of the features of Google Translate and Word Lens."

Yet, that's not all. The Google Translate update used to require you to manually select a language with each new phrase. That is no longer the case. Now, the app can automatically detect which language is being spoken after it is setup. To illustrate, if you tell the app you're working with English and Italian, it will detect which language is which during a conversation. Quite useful, wouldn't you say?

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