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Google Goggles update: translation feature to cross language barrier

To use the service, just focus your Android-equipped mobile phone at a word or phrase and press the shutter button. Within seconds, Goggles, if it recognizes the text, gives options to translate.

If you are an Android user who loves traveling but has failed to fully enjoy the experience due to the language barrier, here’s good news. Google has launched a feature that will come to your rescue.

In a move that will help “travelers and monoglots” have an amazing experience, the internet search giant has added a feature to Google Goggles, which will help users translate text in native language.

Goggles translation
The new feature, an update to the Goggles translation prototype unveiled earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can comprehend block of text in various languages.

To use the service, just focus your Android-equipped mobile phone at a word or phrase and press the shutter button. Within seconds, Goggles, if it recognizes the text, gives options to translate.

“We are hard at work extending our recognition capabilities to other Latin-based languages. Our goal is to eventually read non-Latin languages (such as Chinese, Hindi and Arabic) as well.” -- Google states in its Mobile Blog

As of now, Goggles can recognize text image in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and can translate it to many other languages.

In its Mobile Blog, Google stated, “We are hard at work extending our recognition capabilities to other Latin-based languages. Our goal is to eventually read non-Latin languages (such as Chinese, Hindi and Arabic) as well.”

Android users seem impressed
The new feature is available only on phones running Android 1.6 and higher. To download the feature, one can scan the QR code on Google's blog post, or can click on the “Android Market app on your phone and search for ‘Google Goggles.’”

There are many who have downloaded the feature and are impressed with the latest offering from the Google stable.

For instance, a user named Mike commented on Google blog, “Awesome, found it! Just used it to translate a little bit of Deutsch and it worked splendidly.”

Further, those who have not been able to download yet are eagerly waiting to access the new service. An Android user named Adam stated, “When will it be in the Norwegian market? Can't see it yet...”

Other improvements
Apart from the new translation feature, the new release of Google Goggles has also incorporated improvements to the existing functions.

These include, “improved barcode recognition, a larger corpus of artwork, recognition of many more products and logos,” and improved user interface.

Users will also be able to indulge in visual searches using the images in the phone’s photo gallery, added Google.