Word Lens technology to be incorporated into Google Translate
Google has acquired Quest Visual, the creators of the Word Lens translation app for iOS and Android. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, will see the company's technology rolled into Google's existing app, Google Translate in the future, and will likely involve the removal of the Word Lens app from sale on both Google Play and the App Store in the future.
Chrome for iOS update now available, introduces data-compression tool
Google has released its latest Chrome for iOS update, which includes several features previously unannounced. Security improvements and the addition of Google Translate are now live, as was previously reported, however the update has also introduced a new data-compression tool. Aiming to help reduce data usage while browsing, the data-compression feature can reduce browsing data usage by up to 50 percent.
Synonym grouping to help word choice
Google has updated its Translate service to make choosing the correct translated word easier. Following feedback from users checking the tool's accuracy, reverse translations will let users see a translated word re-translated back to their native language, complete with annotations for the most frequently-used translations.
As-you-type translation, speech dialect also added
The Android version of Google Translate can now translate text generated from a camera. In v2.5 of the app, available on Google Play, tapping a camera icon turns the bottom half of the screen into a viewfinder. After taking a picture, areas of text for translation are highlighted, and the results shown above the original content.
Google Currents expands beyond US
Google Currents branched out beyond the US on Wednesday with its 1.1 update for Android (Google Play) and iOS (App Store). The curated news app now reaches worldwide and has both translated US publications and local publications. For non-native content, Google Translate has now been woven into the app itself and will optionally convert between any one of 38 languages.
Google Translate updates for iPad and Android
Google has put out two key updates for Google Translate. The iOS version (App Store now supports the iPad natively, using pop-overs for language selection and otherwise taking advantage of the extra screen real estate. Features are otherwise the same as on iPhones and iPods, where it can translate between 60 languages, most of which have spoken translations.
Adds 5 experimental languages spoken in India
Google has added experimental support for five new Indic languages in its Google Translate app for the iPhone (free, App Store). The five "alpha" languages, spoken in India and nearby, include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. The update increases the number of languages supported by the app on the iPhone to 63.
Supports voice translation for 15 languages
Google has released the first native Google Translate app for iOS devices. Users can perform text translations between some 57 different languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. While based on a Translate web app for the iPhone, the iOS title supports extra features including the ability to speak the phrases to be translated. Voice input is limited to 15 languages, although results can be translated into the full text range.