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Google Goggles Brings Automatic Text Translation

Gordon Kelly


Google Goggles Brings Automatic Text Translation

Google Goggles has generated a lot of attention since it was first launched, because - simply - it's rather extraordinary. And now it's even better...

Taking the 'visual search' service to the next level, Goggles v1.1 can now photograph text in foreign languages and translate it automatically. Currently it can 'read' English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and translate them into any of the many languages supported in Google Translate.

In addition to translation, Goggles 1.1 has improved barcode recognition, a larger corpus of artwork and recognition of many more products and logos. It has also received a UI refresh and can initiate searches from a phone's photo gallery.

Other things Goggles works well on are posters, business cards, books and landmarks, but food, cars, plants and animals remain problematic. It also remains limited to Android handsets (v1.6 and above), despite making promises other platforms would be supported towards the end of last year.

That said Google Goggles is clearly a powerful example of the future of search. So enjoy using it in the silliest ways imaginable...


Official Google Mobile Blog Post


May 7, 2010, 3:08 pm

Im sure quite soon they'll have real-time audio translation too, really ending the need to learn foreign languages! :)

Rok Krznar

May 7, 2010, 3:33 pm

Great, I've been waiting for this to come out! The only silly thing is that it's not compatible with phones with a static camera (non AutoFocus) such as HTC Tatto... I hope they remove that restriction from the app in the future!

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