January 14, 2015 Last Updated 9:54 am

Google to release major update to Translate app with advanced features like camera translations

Google update will incorporate Word Lens feature into its Google Translate apps, made possible by the acquisition of Quest Visual

The tech company Google said today that it will soon be releasing a major update to its Google Translate Android and iOS apps. The update, which has not been released yet, will be the first for the app since March of last year.


“Starting today, simply tap the mic to start speaking in a selected language, then tap the mic again, and the Google Translate app will automatically recognize which of the two languages are being spoken, letting you have a more fluid conversation,” Barak Turovsky, Product Lead, Google Translate, wrote on the Official Google Blog. “For the rest of the conversation, you won’t need to tap the mic again—it’ll be ready as you need it. Asking for directions to the Rive Gauche, ordering bacalhau in Lisbon, or chatting with your grandmother in her native Spanish just got a lot faster.”

The new features comes care of Quest Visual, a company that Google acquired last year that had an app called Word Lens.

Here is the YouTube video of the service posted by Quest Visual before being acquired by Google.

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