New tech means you’ll never have to ask for directions again

Google Translate app means you’ll never have to ask for directions again.

New tech means you’ll never have to ask for directions again

It’s a well-known stereotype that men don’t like asking for directions. Well, this new update for Google Translate may mean fellas never have to ask for directions again, even in a foreign country.

Not only does Google Translate all but eliminate the need to speak a foreign language (although it is still recommended that you know the basics), it can now translate signs for you, too.

The major software update to the instant camera translation feature within the Google Translate app means you can point your phone at a sign and Google will translate up to 38 languages for you.

Simply select the ‘Detect language’ option, point your smartphone camera towards the foreign text and Google will instantly translate it for you.

Google Translate product manager Xinxing Gu says it’s one of his favourite features and is “especially helpful when you’re traveling abroad as it works even when you’re not connected to wifi or using cellular data”.

Users can also translate between non-English language pairs, such as Marathi to Thai or Japanese to Korean or any pair of up to 103 languages.

“And most of the languages can be downloaded onto your device, so that you can use the feature without an internet connection,” says Mr Gu.

Features of the app include:

  • Translate between 103 languages by typing
  • Tap to Translate: Copy text in any app and your translation pops up
  • Offline: Translate 59 languages when you have no Internet
  • Instant camera translation: Use your camera to translate text instantly in 38 languages
  • Camera Mode: Take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages
  • Conversation Mode: Two-way instant speech translations in 32 languages
  • Handwriting: Draw characters instead of using the keyboard in 93 languages
  • Phrasebook: Star and save translations for future reference in any language

Have you used Google Translate on your travels? Does it work as advertised?

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    27th Jul 2019
    Yes, I use Google Translate. It can be a great help. But my latest experience with it was to translate the instructions on a product I bought in a pharmacy in Sicily where the instructions where in every European language except English. No problem. Pulled out my smart phone and used Google Translate. Worked a treat.

    If I want directions I don’t use Google Translate I use the fabulous app Maps.Me which you download before you head off on your travels. Then download the maps while on wifi at home for the countries you will be travelling to and then use while you’re offline. No data charges while you use the app. Shows you you’re location and when you’re getting close to the train station or bus stop where you need to alight. Directions to your hotel. Where you are and which way to go when you’re lost in the old town areas of cities in Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, etc. superb little app and it’s free! Lots of travellers are using it and everyone is spreading the word. Have fun travelling and never be lost again.
    double j
    28th Jul 2019
    Great content “love to travel” We motorhome Europe for 3 months every year and always have trouble interpreting the food stuff labels in supermarkets I will be putting it on my smart phone when we get home so next year I can look at the pictures on the label and read the description

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