Google shows off a phone that translates text

As Neowin reported last week, Google was in the process of making software that translates text on your phone.  The phone can’t translate spoken words, but uses your phone’s built-in camera, sending it to Google to translate the text.

Google mentioned that the software doesn’t actually translate the text on your phone, which could be slow and inaccurate, but instead sends it to Google’s servers for processing.  The picture is translated on Google’s cloud-based network, which can process a translation faster and more accurately than your phone.

The demonstration by Google translated the text: "Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern" to "Spring salad with wild herbs."  The demonstration took a photo of a German dinner menu, sending back the translation, using an Android based phone.

Google didn’t mention when the software would be available for your mobile phone, or exactly what platforms would be supported.  The software will be available for the Android, however, but no mention if Google plans on expanding these services to Windows Mobile or the iPhone.  Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, mentioned that more and more applications will take advantage of “cloud computing,” a resource Google is likely to expand on over the years to improve its speed.

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any phone can do this that has web access. go to a free translation site. they just made an app out of it and called it new. nothing too special. now make it be able to translate voice and then they have something new.

If its all done online and just results sent back, they should be able to do this for any phone with a camera. Cool feature.

Ambroos said,
Strangely enough regular Google Translate doesn't manage to translate "Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern" at all...

Because its really "Frühlingssalat mit Wildkräutern" Try it now :).