Google Translate

Further expanding the methods of communication with a single app.

Android is an operating system that is truly global, and Google is expanding the capabilities of Google Translate today to reflect that by adding important new languages. First are two new languages that can be used for handwriting recognition, and those are Hindi and Thai. It's especially important for handwriting recognition for languages such as these because they have a non-Roman character set that is difficult to use on a standard keyboard layout.

Today's update is also expanding the capabilities of Google Translate's "camera input", which reads languages you capture from physical objects with your phone's camera, to Afrikaans, Greek, Hebrew and Serbian. With these new capabilities in Google Translate for six more languages, Google is adding to an ever-expanding list of foreign languages that can help people communicate whether they're traveling or hosting travelers themselves.


Reader comments

Google Translate adds Hindi and Thai handwriting input, camera input for four more languages


I'll try this. I'm one of the few people here on AC who fluently knows hindi.

Posted via a naked Nexus 4 running 4.3 (No cover for me!)

On an unrelated note, does anyone know what device is shown in the picture? Is that an HTC One?

Posted via a naked Nexus 4 running 4.3 (No cover for me!)

I'm confused about "handwriting". Is this a camera function, or a touch-screen function?
(And the picture looks very much like my Samsung)