Word Lens Makes Its Debut In Upcoming Google Translate Update

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Back in 2010, Quest Visual launched an incredible app designed to use the smartphone camera to translate written text in a foreign language to the device owner’s language in real-time. Word Lens Translator would blur out the foreign language text and would replace over it with the new text in a similar font and size.
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Google releases new Translate extension for Chrome

google_chromeGoogle Chrome revolutionized translation tools in web browsers when it first launched, and they’re improving it today with their new Translate extension. With the new extension, instead of translating the entire page as was required in the past, you can just translate certain parts of the page by highlighting, right clicking, and choosing “Google Translate”.

The extension is available in the Chrome Web Store, and is free for use.

Source: Official Chrome Blog

Google rolling out updates to a range of apps including Drive and Hangouts

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We all know that apps, and especially from Google, take a very long time to have everyone updated to the same version. A multitude of Google’s apps are being updated in the form of a staged rollout. The apps included are Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate.

Hit the break for a brief description of each update along with download links.
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Quest Visual, creators of Word Lens, acquired by Google to improve Translate product

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Quest Visual, the makers of Word Lens, an application which uses your device’s camera to translate words on signs/books/manuals (pretty much whatever) into English, or even other languages, has been acquired by Google.

We can only imagine that Google hopes to make use of the patents and technology that Quest Visual has in order to improve their Google Translate product and perhaps even implement some of this technology into other Google apps as well.

Hit the break below to see the app in use.


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Google translate makes conversations easier with latest update

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Google Translate has been eliminating the problem of language barriers for a while now, and the software just keeps getting better. The latest update to the mobile app for Google Translate includes added speech support as well as a number of added languages and a new look.

With the new app you can have back and forth conversations with anyone who speaks almost any other language with little or no problem. All you have to do is open up your translate app and press the little microphone icon. Gesture control has also been added, so you can simply turn the screen to switch languages.


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Google+ to get a new translation feature for posts and comments

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Google+ users can expect to see a new feature gradually hitting the web interface of Google’s social media site that will allow you to translate posts and comments in different languages. It will supposedly work similarly to how Google automatically translates web pages for you in Chrome, which is a nice addition especially if you frequent pages that have many international users. If you haven’t seen the option to translate text yet, Google is using staged rollouts for this like all of their other new features, so it could be a few days before it shows up for you.

source: 9to5 Google

Chrome update details noted on official Chrome blog, includes fullscreen on tablets and performance fixes

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The Chrome team posted a blog post on the official Chrome blog earlier today announcing the stable release of Chrome 28 for Android. Some of the new features include auto-detect Google Translate, fullscreen on tablets, new UI for RTL languages, and a whole bunch of stability and performance fixes. This is all part of Google’s effort to make their mobile browser just as full in terms of features as the desktop version. Check out the press release below for the full story.

Chrome for Android Update

The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 28 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.64 contains a number of new features including:

  • Google Translate – When reading web pages in other languages, Chrome will automatically detect and offer to translate them to your language
  • Fullscreen on tablets – Similar to phones, simply scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • New user interface for right-to-left (RTL) languages – An optimized interface for RTL languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew
  • Plenty of stability and performance fixes

A partial list of changes in this build is available in the SVN revision log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on theChrome site.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome

Source: Chrome Blog

New Google Translate update allows users to take Phrasebook on the go and brings camera-to-translate function to 16 new languages

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Google certainly pulls no stops when it comes to making life easier for those of us that happen to travel abroad and that’s why it has announced the next great additions to its Translate app— Phrasebook on the go the addition of 16 new languages for the translate by camera function. The latest addition to the app allows users to save common phrases such as “Where can I find a museum?” and automatically sync the phrases in your Phrasebook to your various Android devices using the Google Translate mobile app— allowing you to carry the more useful phrases on the go. All that’s need are literally a few simple taps, sign into your Gmail account and bam— you’re in business.

Also, users will now be able to utilize camera-input to find translations in 16 additional languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Swedish. You can check out more details when you hit up the source link.

source: Google Translate Blog

Trio of Google apps join Google Search and Google Now updates today

A trio of Google’s apps received updates today, joining Google Search or Google Now on Jelly Bean devices. Google Translate received a major update, now providing the ability to recognize Chinese, Japanese and Korean using a device’s phone. The capability is limited to horizontal text only for now, but we can only imagine the ability to translate vertical text must be in the works. Google also added eleven new languages, Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Welsh, to the list that can handle handwritten text.
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