With Google Goggles 1.1 for Android, Google has brought out the possibility of instant translation to the Android phone. With this Google Goggles 1.1 for Android allows a users to point his/ her phone at a text, take a picture of it using the camera and then by pressing the translate button get a translation of the pictured text in real-time.
Google Goggles v1.1 is available on devices running Android 1.6 and higher. To download, please scan the QR code available at the bottom of Google Blog page or go to the Android Market app on your phone and search for “Google Goggles”.
Today Goggles can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can translate to many more languages. Google is working on extending the capability to other Latin based languages as well. They are also working on capabilities which will allow them to read non-Latin languages (such as Chinese, Hindi and Arabic) as well.
Here’s how the latest text translation feature works on Google Goggles 1.1 for Android:
- Point your phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words.
- Press the shutter button.
- If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate.
- Press the translate button to select the source and destination languages.
This can certainly prove to be a very useful tool when visiting foreign countries.
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