Bangalore, July 30, 2015: Google has launched upgraded version of the Google Translate App that will now allow instant visual translations of printed text in multiple languages including Hindi.
Users will need to simply open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text they need translated. It could be anything - a street sign, a hoarding, an ingredient list, an instruction manual, dials on a washing machine or text from a newspaper or book. Users will instantly see the text transform live on their screens into their preferred language. No Internet connection or cell phone data is required. Google made use of convolutional neural networks to help develop this technology.
Google is also expanding the instant visual translation to 20 additional languages (making for a total of 27 languages), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and smoother—so even more people can experience the world in their language. The original seven languages are English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Today Google has added 20 more. Users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Also users can now translate English printed text into Hindi and Thai.