Google Translate’s Camera Feature Now Supports 60 New Languages

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Google Translate currently supports over 100 languages. With the new update, users can translate a total of 88 languages to any of the languages supported by Google Translate, simply by aiming their camera at texts. Earlier, the text translator only supported translation to English.

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The new update is very promising. From its previous version with low-quality translations, a limited set of languages, and a jumpy interface, Google has updated it to a faster, more accurate and a more language-friendly version.

What’s the new update in Google Translate’s Camera?

  • The newest version of the Google Translate will have several major improvements real-time camera-based translation including the “Instant Camera Translation” feature.
  • The updated app will provide high-quality translations for all users including those who don’t have access to the Internet.
  • The new modifications will now support more than 60 new languages like Arabic, Latin, Javanese, Greek, Hindi, Malay, Thai, Persian, and Vietnamese.
  • Being empowered by Neural Machine Translation (NMT), translation errors would be reduced by 85 percent and the speed of translation would also improve.

One need to just select “Detect language” by pointing the camera at the source language, and the app will instantly detect the language and translate it to any one of the 88 languages chosen by the user. Users can also translate texts in photos which have been taken earlier with the “Import” option. Previously,  the translator worked for hand-written texts only and had no real-time camera use.

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The Neural Machine Translation (NMT) models have not only been included in Google Lens and the web version of the app but also to support instant camera translations. The offline translations will now be much better than before, due to the NMT technology running in the background even when the phone is offline.

Below, is the list of languages, Google Translate’s Camera will support after the update:

Afrikaans

Albanian

Arabic

Azerbaijani

Basque

Belarusian

Bengali

Bosnian

Bulgarian

Catalan

Cebuano

Chichewa

Chinese

Corsican

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English

Esperanto

Estonian

Filipino

Finnish

French

Frisian

Galician

German

Greek

Haitian Creole

Hausa  

Hawaiian

Hindi

Hmong

Hungarian

Icelandic

Igbo

Indonesian

Irish

Italian

Japanese

Javanese

Kazakh

Korean

Kurdish

Kyrgyz

Latin

Latvian

Lithuanian

Luxembourgish

Macedonian

Malagasy

Malay

Maltese

Maori

Marathi

Mongolian

Nepali

Norwegian

Pashto

Persian

Polish

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Samoan

Scots Gaelic

Serbian

Sesotho

Shona

Sindhi

Slovak

Slovenian

Somali

Spanish

Sundanese

Swahili

Swedish

Tajik

Thai

Turkish

Ukrainian

Urdu

Uzbek

Vietnamese

Welsh

Xhosa

Yoruba

Zulu

Each of the language set for Google Translate lies in- between 35MB and 45MB; therefore they are not much of a burden to download, offline.

The updated app is available for both the platforms, Android and iOS. The company said in a blog post that the update would be available from the 10th of July, Wednesday.

Vacations will become easy with the update. Translating a signboard instantly will no longer be a hassle. It will be done instantly and in the language preferred by the user, which need not be English only.

  • Highlights of the update:
  • Automatically detect the languages
  • Better translations empowered by the Neural Machine Translation
  • A new appearance

The Verge stated that the update will only be made available to around one percent of all users on the 10th of July. It may take at least a few weeks for Google to make the updates available to a larger number of users.