Google Goggles gets language translation

If you've ever been to a restaurant in a foreign country and found yourself lost while looking at the menu, you're not alone. Fortunately, Google is aiming to alleviate these awkward situations with their latest update to Google Goggles.

Google Goggles

Goggles v1.1 is an application for Android devices that allows you to do image based Google searches by simply snapping a photo of what's in front of you. According to the Google Mobile Blog, the latest release of Goggles will now translate foreign text for you. Currently, the system is able to read English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. However, it can translate those five into many others. Eventually, Google plans to support non-Latin languages, including those that are right-to-left and symbol based.

Other features of the 1.1 release include:

  • Improved barcode recognition
  • Larger collection of recognizable artwork
  • More known products and logos
  • Improved user interface
  • Initiate searches from photos in your phone's gallery

This update is available in the Android Market for devices running Android 1.6 and above. To download it, use the QR code below, or search for Google Goggles in the the Market's search box. To see the new translate function in action, check out this video.

Google Goggles QR code

Images all taken from the Google Mobile Blog.

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This is where Google's Android beats out Apple's iPhone OS, and where Google beats out nearly everyone - relentless innovation.

joemagoe said,
This is where Google's Android beats out Apple's iPhone OS, and where Google beats out nearly everyone - relentless innovation.

hahaha +5

joemagoe said,
This is where Google's Android beats out Apple's iPhone OS, and where Google beats out nearly everyone - relentless innovation.

It's a good start, but it's really something that sounds better on paper than in practice. You rarely wonder "oh damn, I must know which company has this logotype" or "oh damn, now I'm lost as for which artist made this painting", or "oh, if I only knew what this product was by reading its barcode", etc.