Google Expands Real Time Camera Translations to 27 Languages

By James O Malley on at

Google has today announced an upgrade to its Google Translate app on both Android and iOS that adds 20 more languages that can be translated through augmented reality.

The feature, which will read foreign text in real time from your phone's camera, and impose English over the top was only previously available to 7 language (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). Today the company has added Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian to the roster.

The technology is based on what was developed by Word Lens, a company that Google bought last year. The app will even work offline if you download the relevant language packs.

To promote the upgrade, Google has produced this very cool video showing off the new functionality:

The company also says that it has made voice translations using your phone's microphone "faster and smoother".

The update will be rolling out on both iOS and Android over the next few days.