What you need to know
- The latest version of the Google Translate app includes several major improvements to the instant camera translation feature.
- The feature now supports more than 60 new languages, including Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Latin, Malay, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- Thanks to Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Google claims it has been successful in reducing the number of translation errors by up to 85 percent.
Google has begun rolling out a new update for its Translate app, adding several major improvements to the camera translation feature. Perhaps the biggest improvement is the addition of support for 60 new languages, which means it is now possible for users to translate a total of 88 languages simply by pointing their camera at the text they want translated. Some of the new languages that are now supported include Arabic, Bengali, Estonian, Greek, Hindi, Javanese, Latin, Malay, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
In addition to supporting newer languages, the camera translation feature can now translate text in any of 88 supported languages to any of the 100+ languages supported by Google Translate. Previously, the feature only supported translating text to English. Accuracy is another area where the camera translation feature has received a major boost with this new update. Google says translation errors have come down by up to 85 percent, all thanks to Neural Machine Translation (NMT). Until now, Google had been using the AI translation technology only in Google Lens and the web version of Google Translate.
Using the camera translation feature is also simpler now, thanks to a revamped interface and the ability to detect languages automatically. As long as you have the source set to "Detect language", the instant camera translation feature will automatically identify the language that needs to be translated. As noted by The Verge, the update will only be made available to around one percent of users today. It may take at least a few weeks for Google to make the improvements available to a larger number of users.
Google's parent company settles shareholder lawsuit over sexual misconduct
Following sexual misconduct reports from 2018, Google has settled a shareholder lawsuit and announced major changes to how the company operates in these regards — including no severance packages for employees fired over sexual misconduct.
Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G won’t launch until weeks after September 30 event
Google’s announcing its new Pixel phones, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, on September 30. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a while longer before they actually launch.
These are the best Android phones you can buy right now
There are so many great Android phones to buy, so it can be tough to know which one to buy. These are the best of the best at each price point.
Spice up your smartphone or tablet with the best icon packs for Android
Being able to customize your device is fantastic as it helps to make your device even more of "your own". With the power of Android, you can use third-party launchers to add custom icon themes and these are just some of our favorites.