Google Translate now supports more than 10 African languages with new update

Google Translate is getting an update to its camera translation feature which will add more languages, automatic detection and a new look, Google revealed on Wednesday.

The feature, which works by translating foreign text in realtime using the phone’s camera as an eye, now supports 60 additional languages, such as Hindi, Malay and Vietnamese. In total, the app supports 88 languages, with more than 10 languages spoken in Africa also supported.

“What’s more exciting is that, previously you could only translate between English and other languages, but now you can translate into any of the 100+ languages supported on Google Translate,” Google said on its blog.

Instant camera in Translate is also able to automatically detect the language in text, so that users don’t have to figure out what they are looking at before translating.

“You can just select ‘Detect language’ as the source language, and the Translate app will automatically detect the language and translate,” Google explained.

The company has added Neural Machine Translation technology to instant camera too, which will help make the tool even more accurate.

Instant camera’s look has also been updated so that it is easier to read with less flickering, and now features the ‘instant’, ‘scan’ and ‘import’ functions at the bottom of the app.

The new updates have already launched and are available on the Google Translate app.

Feature image: Google

Shereesa Moodley


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