Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Translate’s instant camera gains support for 60 new languages today

Google Translate’s instant camera gains support for 60 new languages today

New languages supported in the update include: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Estonian, Greek, Hindi, Igbo, Javanese, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Malay, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Samoan, Sesotho, Slovenian, Swahili, Thai, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.

In brief: Google has updated its Translate app with more AI smarts, a less jumpy live camera translation, as well as a more intuitive UI. Also, you can now translate between all the other languages supported and not just English to another language. Not quite sure what you're translating from?


Previously, the Google Translate app worked only when translating a foreign language into English and vice versa. To use it, one only needs to point the camera at the text and take a photo, and the app will take care of the rest. The translate app will then automatically detect the language and translate to your chosen language. The technology was first implemented in the product in 2016, and will now allow for greater language translation accuracy and reduce translation mistakes by up to 85 percent from previous app iterations. And the feature works even if you don't have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Google is also introducing Neural Machine Translation within its instant camera translations. While that could help in an emergency or awkward situation, the translations offered online are apparently of higher quality. Sometimes writing for HEXUS I have to quickly make sense of a foreign language image with various blocks of text on it - like a photo of a promotional leaflet for a graphics card, written in Chinese or Spanish. The flickering of the translated text has also been fixed. Using this feature, users will be able to use the Translate app to automatically detect the language and translate. According to Google, the feature will be especially helpful to travelers in regions with multiple languages, where it can be challenging to determine the language of the text that they need to translate.

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