Google wants to have its big footprint in every possible technology corner and its quest for the same had made it acquire yet another. This could definitely be a game changer keeping in view the capabilities Google Glass can provide and this technology may very sure be complementing it.
Google has acquired Word Lens, the mobile app that can translate text in real time using your smartphone’s camera, along with its development team at Quest Visual. The impressive technology will now make its way into Google Translate. Word Lens and its various language packs have been made free on both iOS and Android “as a thank you” to supporters, but don’t expect to see much in the way of updates moving forward. Quest Visual makes it very clear that the plan is to transition to Google as quickly as possible.
Here is what Verge has to say about Word lens App:
Word Lens, the augmented reality app that translates text using your device’s camera, has been released for Android. Just like the original iOS release, the app offers translations between English and a trio of other languages including Spanish, French, and Italian. Developers Quest Visual throw in one language pack with the initial download of the paid app and they’re offering additional bundles at $4.99 apiece during an introductory offer. Network connectivity isn’t required to use Word Lens, and you can also type in words for direct translation if the app is struggling to process captured text — it doesn’t recognize stylized fonts, for example.
Word Lens for Android worked fairly well in our brief tests, though we did experience a rapid “flickering” of words going back and forth between translation and their original written form that has been brought up in numerous user reviews. Thankfully for those with unsteady hands, the included pause feature largely mitigates this annoyance by capturing your current shot and producing a translated image that won’t suddenly change. The full version of Word Lens can be had for $4.99 and there’s also a free “Lite” demo with limited functionality. With both iOS and Android covered, naturally the next step would be a Windows Phone release. But considering Microsoft is already providing a similar solution to its users, it won’t surprise us if Word Lens doesn’t make the jump to that platform.
Courtesy: uk.news.yahoo.com, theverge.com