Google Translate Now Rewrites Foreign Signs Before Your Eyes

Google's Translate app is already pretty neat, allowing your to snap photographs and have them converted into one of 36 languages. Now, though, you can point your camera at a sign or menu and see the translation in real time.


The update allows you to point your phone's camera at any foreign text and see the translation overlaid on top. You don't need a data connection, and can currently convert to English from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It's super smart and should prove super useful, too. The update also brings with it automatic language detection for its audio translation, allowing you to work out what to say in another language way faster than before. [Google]


I originally saw this technology with an app called Word Lens. Did Google buy Word Lens or did they simply do the same thing themselves?

It's great to have the technology available in multiple places though. Why get yet-another-app when it can be built into existing apps?