Google Translate’s instant camera gains support for 60 new languages today

Joanna Estrada
July 11, 2019

While the app supports Sesotho, Xhosa and Zulu translations, the camera feature was not working with these languages at the time of writing.

In brief: Google has updated its Translate app with more AI smarts, a less jumpy live camera translation, as well as a more intuitive UI. That brings the total to 88 languages that are supported by the feature.

If you selected "Detect language" as the source language, Instant allows you to point your camera at text and have the app recognize the language and translate.

Google has updated its Translate app with camera support for 60 more languages - including Afrikaans. And the feature works even if you don't have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. You can find a list of all 88 by clicking on this link. The technology - already in use in Google's Lens tool - is supposed to reduce translation errors by more than 55 up to 85 percent in certain language pairs.

Google is introducing some new upgrades for the Google Translate app's instant camera feature. For example, let's say you're on a road trip in Spain and aren't sure whether the sign you're looking at is in Catalan, Galician or Basque. The translated text placed by the feature on the real-world were previously flickery, and the new update makes the text more stable, less flickery, and easier to understand. Google Translate's three camera functions will now be front and center at the bottom of the app. Previously, users needed to have English as their native language in order to take advantage of this.

Google acquired Word Lens years ago, giving Google Translate the nifty ability to translate words with the aid of a smartphone camera. The app can also now automatically detect languages for you, so you don't need to wonder if what to select if you're in a bilingual area, and the quality of the instant camera translations has been further improved via the magic of Neural Machine Translation.

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