The latest update to Google Translate app for Android has integrated Google Goggles’ optical character recognition (OCR) technology. Using this you can use the camera of your Android smartphone to input text without typing, which makes Google Translate one of the most intelligent and machine learning-intensive apps. Speech recognition, handwriting recognition, OCR, and machine translation all rely on powerful statistical models built on billions of samples of data. Here’s how it comes together:
To use the new camera feature, activate camera mode, point at some text, tap to freeze the picture, brush the part you want with your finger and the app does the rest – the translation. You can listen to the source text or the translated text by clicking the text-to-speech icons. Google Translate for Andriod currently supports optical character recognition for Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, and more languages will soon be added on the list.