If you are planning a vacation in Bulgaria but dreading the language barrier, leave aside your worries and book your tickets now. Google has made it easier for us to travel around the world without worrying about the language. It has upgraded its Google Translate app with augmented reality feature in it and added more languages. For those who are wondering how this technology can help you in understanding different languages, please read on.
Real-Time Text Translation
The company is providing text translation in real time. Here is where augmented reality comes into play. Earlier, the app could only translate seven languages. Now 20 more languages have been added to the app. All you need to do is open the Google Translate app and using your mobile device’s camera you have to hold it over the text and you will see the translated word in English. The translation is not one-way. You can translate to and from English with the other 18 languages, except Hindi and Thai.
The 18 languages added to the app include Catalan, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Filipino, Romanian, Slovak, Indonesian, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Other two languages for one-way translation from English are Thai and Hindi.
To showcase the versatility of the app, Google programmers have created a video where the 1958 hit single La Bamba has been translated to English. The video shows the Google Translate app running on an Android phone where the engineers are holding up placards of the lyrics written in 27 different languages and the words change according to the preference of the user. The video shows that even for an up-tempo song the app can translate easily without any problem.
The seven other languages which were already in the app include English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.
If you don’t have the app already, you can download it from the Apple or Android App Store for free.
The app is based on the same technology used by the Word Lens app. This AR app was made by Quest Visual, a company which Google acquired last year.
You can also use the app offline. For that, you just have to download the required language packages.
What about you?
Are you going to download the Translate app? Have you used it earlier? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Image Source – qz.com