Google Snaps Up Word Lens, Camera Translation App
Quest Visual today announced that Google has purchased its Word Lens application. Word Lens, which is available to both Android and iOS, translates text in realtime when viewed through a smartphone camera. Word Lens explained in a blog post that it will become a part of Google's language translation team. The Word Lens apps and associated feature packs have been made free while Word Lens transitions to Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google Translate is already fairly powerful when it comes to deciphering languages. Adding the ability to do on-screen in real-time would be a big boost to Google's offering.
Review: GBoard and Word Flow Keyboards for iPhone
Google and Microsoft have fielded new keyboard apps — GBoard and Word Flow, respectively — for the Apple iPhone. GBoard includes search tools, while Word Flow lets you create your own themes.
Google Translate Gains 'Tap to Translate'
Google has updated its Google Translate app for Android and iOS mobile devices with a handful of new features. A tool called Tap to Translate in the Android app makes it simpler to translate text on the go.
Google Adds Tap-to-Search Feature to Chrome
Google today revealed a new feature for the Chrome browser on Android devices that lets people quickly search by tapping text. Users can tap any word on a web page when using Chrome and Chrome will automatically search the web for that word in the context of the web site on which it is found.
Google Extends Neural Machine Translation to More Tongues
Google has updated its Google Translate service and made it possible to generate higher-quality translations for a handful of new languages. Specifically, Google has applied its neural machine translation technique to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese.