Google Translate Instant Translation

Google Translate released an update a while ago, and it introduced an interesting new feature. Quick translation via camera. That’s right, now you can open the Google Translate app, point it at a foreign language, and it will be translated to your native language automatically. This is interesting, and it works well for large, clearly written, short blocks of text. It does not work so well for large amounts of text. It would be good for reading signs and such while traveling, but it isn’t very useful outside of that.

Here, you can see a screenshot from my phone. This is the watch page on YouTube for this video. It is working well for the title and even the channel name, but it is not really working for any of the lower contrast text, such as the buttons. I also had difficulty getting it to work for a blog post, or any other area where a lot of information is crammed into a small space. It is better for large text, and when a small amount of information is conveyed in a large space.

That’s all I really have to say on the matter. It’s a cool piece of technology, and I thought I would mention it because it’s cool. That’s about it.

  • Colton

P.S. No, I do not speak Spanish. I set it that way for demonstrative purposes.

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