Google acquires Word Lens for a future integration with Translate

Posted on May 16 2014 - 3:30pm by Valerie Richardson

Word Lens

The Word Lens app allows users to take a picture of text and translate it in the language of their choice. This is a very handy tool, especially if you’re traveling abroad and have trouble reading signs written in the local language. The best part about the app is that it doesn’t even need an internet connection to function.

Clearly, Google has been impressed by this as they have now decided to acquire Quest Visual who are the makers of the app. It is said that Google will now bring these features to Google Translate, which makes a lot of sense.

There’s no word as to when exactly this feature will start making its way to the Translate app, but it’s clear that the process will soon be underway with the makers coming under Google’s radar. And as a bonus for its loyal customers, the language packs for Word Lens are now available for free.

We hope to get more clarification from Google on the exact implementation of this feature with Translate and we’re sure it’s going to be very exciting.

Source: Word Lens

Via: Android Police

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