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January 14, 2015

Google Translate just got smarter, a whole lot smarter

google-translate-word-lens-22-710x402Word Lens was acquired nine months ago by Google and now Word Lens integration and improved voice translations are coming in the latest Google Translate update (

Google Translate just got smarter, a whole lot smarter with Word Lens which now lets you use your smartphone by pointing the camera at a foreign language text and have it instantly replaced with your language of choice, right on the screen. This update including Word Lens has delivered a much more smooth experience, and everything happens in real time. Any sign can be translated including, Street signs, product labels, even restaurant menus,.

You can translate from English to,  French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. That means you will be able to translate from English to French, and the other way, but not from French to Russian, for instance. Google says more languages are coming.

Have an easier conversation using the Translate app
When talking with someone in an unfamiliar language, conversations can… get… realllllllly… sloowwww. While we’ve had real-time conversation mode on Android since 2013, our new update makes the conversation flow faster and more naturally.

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. 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.

This feature should make for much more natural conversations, akin to having a human interpreter on your side, translating the back and forth in real time.

The new Google Translate  app on Android and iOS  at the links below.
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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini