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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