Google Translate v2.5 adds image translation and more

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.

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • 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.
  • Damn and I just recently bought Word Lens + an additional language
  • If it's any consolation, Word Lens SHOULD be real time... Google's solution requires you to point, shoot, select, cross your fingers, translate...
  • "Should" yes, but the text is all jumpy ... hope they fix it soon for the price
  • Come on google bring us offline translation, like u brought offline speech to txt in jellybean
  • 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 ):
  • 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.
  • Same for Galaxy Note running 4.0.4 (CM9 stable)
  • Nguoi tot cho ban Hanh phuc nguoi xau cho ban kinh nahiem nguoi toi te nhat cho ban Bai Hoc va nguoi tuyet uoi nhat se cho ban ky niem I need somebody to translate this into English it's Vietnamese