Google Goggles 1.1 for Android features text translation

Back in February at MWC 2010, Google promised instant translation capabilities for its (then new) Goggles Android application. Now, three months after, the app has been updated to include the promised feature.

With the new capability, Google Goggles 1.1 for Android allows you to point your phone at a text, press the shutter button, then the translate button, and wait for the text to be translated – the translation will obviously appear on your phone’s display.

At the moment, the application can only read texts in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, but it can translate in “many more languages”. Google is working to extend text recognition capabilities to more Latin-based languages, and even non-Latin languages like Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.

You can get Google Goggles 1.1 if you search for it in Android Market, or if you scan the barcode found at the Google Mobile blog. To run the app, you need a phone wiht Android 1.6 or higher.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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