Google has already made significant improvements in its translation service. It is one of the most used and highly rated translation service on the net. With integration with browsers and translation of documents, the service has proved to be really useful for number of users. Google now has added another feather to its cap. It has now come put with an innovative concept of Google goggles.

With this application, you can now translate foreign text that you capture (and crop) with your phone’s camera, potentially helping with signage, papers. It can prove to be really beneficial for travellers travelling to a country of different language.

Here’s how it works:
  • 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.

The app was already in the market. It can can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can translate to many more languages. The new update has quite a few additions. Goggles v1.1 features improved barcode recognition, a larger corpus of artwork, recognition of many more products and logos, an improved user interface, and the ability to initiate visual searches using images in your phone’s photo gallery.

The translation quality might not be as good as you experience on the online service but if you just need a broad translation to understand the context and basic meaning, goggles would provide good enough results. The app is available for Android phones running at least Android 1.6

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