Google Translate gets instant translation and Word Lens [Updated with APK download]


As previously reported, Google has made Google Translate more powerful with instant translation and Word Lens, solidifying it as the go-to app for all your translations.

Word Lens will translate street signs or any text instantly. Previously you needed to capture an image to translate. Now with Word Lens, all you need to do is hold your phone’s camera over the text and the translation appears instantly. Even better, you don’t need an internet connection. For starters, this feature will translate English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


Conversing with someone in real time has never been an easy task, but Google has made things a lot faster and smoother. After tapping the mic, just speak in a selected language, and Google will automatically detect which of the two languages are being spoken. According to Google, you also won’t need to constantly tap the mic, but the video below does show the user tapping the mic each time they speak.

As per standard practice, the update won’t hit every device for at least a few days. As soon as the APK is available, we will post it for those that want to manually install it.

Update: APK Download

source: Google


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.