Windows Phone Bing Translator app updated, increases the awesomeness

Traveling to foreign countries is always a big of a challenge when you don't speak or read the native language of the countries you happen to visit. Now there are a number of translator apps for many different smartphone platforms that make talking and understanding a forgien language easier. Today, Microsoft's Bing division released a new 2.0 version of its Bing Translator app for Windows Phone devices via the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The official Bing blog offers up some information about what is contained in the 2.0 app update. The biggest new feature is being able to use your smartphone camera to take pictures of printed messages such as signs, restaurant menus and more and then have those words displayed in your native language. Users can also download foreign language packs to their Windows Phone device to use this feature even if there is no wireless connection.

The new app also allows user to speak words into the smartphone and the app then translates it into another spoken language. It currently supports both US and UK English along with German, French, Italian, and Spanish. You can also pin your favorite Bing Translator mode on your home screen via the live tiles.

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Wow, very impressive!

Although I fear that such translation tools will make native English speakers even lazier when it comes to studying foreign languages.

Cute James said,
Wow, very impressive!

Although I fear that such translation tools will make native English speakers even lazier when it comes to studying foreign languages.

It's not just native English speakers that do that...

This is amazing. I've just been holding up the camera to an active IRC window, translating English into French. It works in real time though you can save images if you want to as well. It's super fast at finding text and doing the actual translation, too.

If you have WP7, you've got to try it out, even if you have no use for it in the real world. I'm definitely keeping it on my phone though.

This works a whole lot better than the original Bing Vision since it recognizes streamed video instead requiring you to take a photo and is thus way faster and more reliable at picking up all of the text you point it at. I'm sure the next major release of WP will have this built in or deep linked from the main Bing app. And the rest of the app is new as well, not to mention very good quality.

oliver182 said,
This was already on bing vision, but its cool

Yep, already baked into Windows Phone, but this version is much better

That's neat, but the problem I have is that whenever I'm in a foreign country and need a service like this, I have to keep my phone off or pay crazy data roaming charges.

Edit: Oh I should have read further down, there's offline language packs. I'm sold.

Enron said,
That's neat, but the problem I have is that whenever I'm in a foreign country and need a service like this, I have to keep my phone off or pay crazy data roaming charges.

Unlock your phone and get a local Pay As You Go SIM card

Enron said,
That's neat, but the problem I have is that whenever I'm in a foreign country and need a service like this, I have to keep my phone off or pay crazy data roaming charges.

Edit: Oh I should have read further down, there's offline language packs. I'm sold.

It has an off line mode for both text and images