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Looks like there's a big update for the Google Translate Android app going out this morning. The big addition in the new version 2.5 is the ability to translate parts of images using your phone's rear-facing camera. This feature can be used by tapping the camera icon, tapping the screen to take a picture, then highlighting what you want to translate. It takes a little getting used to, but with a bit of practice it's pretty easy to tag certain sections for translation, which should be useful for signs and other short messages when traveling. Note, however, that you'll need at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread to use image translation.

Other changes include the ability to specify preferred dialects for speech input, instant, as-you-type translation similar to the Google Translate web interface, and improvements to the way Japanese characters are handled. Specifically, the app can now recognize multiple Japanese characters at once.

We'll definitely be taking this app with us to IFA in Berlin, Germany later this month. If you're traveling anytime soon, you'll probably want to do the same. Hit the Google Play link to grab the latest version of Google Translate.

There are 9 comments

SpookDroid says:

Now all we need is offline translation... Not very useful when, to decipher what those big, red sign on the door on a foreign train station are trying to warn you about when firing up your phone to translate them will cost you as much as your train ticket just because you're using international data.

Lanhoj says:

Damn and I just recently bought Word Lens + an additional language

SpookDroid says:

If it's any consolation, Word Lens SHOULD be real time... Google's solution requires you to point, shoot, select, cross your fingers, translate...

Lanhoj says:

"Should" yes, but the text is all jumpy ... hope they fix it soon for the price

homunuculus says:

Come on google bring us offline translation, like u brought offline speech to txt in jellybean

rsa says:

They're just incorporating "Goggles" into "Translate"!

Is it just me or does the camera function for Translate not work with the HTC One X? I can't even find the camera icon anywhere on the app. 2.5 already ):

Fuzi says:

Same issue here. I got the update, but nowhere do I see a camera icon or any way to import an image from the camera/gallery. I'm running Gingerbread 2.3.4 on my MyTouch 4G Slide.

mdxyz says:

Same for Galaxy Note running 4.0.4 (CM9 stable)