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Google acquires Word Lens translation app creator Quest Visual

05/16, 3:49pm

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.

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Word Lens video-based language translator arrives on Android

07/06, 5:12pm

Android app translates text in live camera feed

Quest Visual has ported its video-based translation app to Android. Word Lens ($5, Google Play) uses the handset's camera and displays the live feed on the screen with all visible words in a selected language translated into another instantly, as if they were quickly "Photoshopped" into the live video.

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