Google Translate’s instant camera gains support for 60 new languages today

Ceria Alfonso
Julio 11, 2019

If you selected "Detect language" as the source language, Instant allows you to point your camera at text and have the app recognize the language and translate.

Google said that this feature is especially helpful when you're travelling overseas as it works even when you're not connected to Wi-Fi or using cellular data.

Google says this upgrade has its Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technology baked in it, so the quality of the instant camera translations should be significantly better than before.

But what are the updates?

In addition, Google says the camera translation tool can now automatically detect the input language, assuming the user sets "Detect language" as the source language.

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All told, there are 60 new languages in its list of supported languages for instant camera, including Arabic, Hindi, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese.

In brief: Google has updated its Translate app with more AI smarts, a less jumpy live camera translation, as well as a more intuitive UI. The ability is essential for travelers and others who may need to translate signs, menus, and more, and it just received support for a bunch of additional languages.

Also, there are examples when you are on a vacation to some different country where several languages are spoken and you encounter a signboard and here is when the new update comes handy.

The last update is in the look of the app. And while automatic detection previously worked for written translations, the app didn't support its use with the camera, graying out the option and spitting an error message if you tried. Earlier the translated text used to flicker on the screen, making it annoying at times but now as per the company claims, the flickering has been reduced to make the text more readable.

Scan mode will allow you to take a picture and manually highlight text, but you can also use Import to do the same with pictures you've taken with other apps.

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