Google Translate getting a boost from Quest Visual buy

Summary:Earlier on Friday, it was also reported that Google Now will soon start featuring bill reminders, a useful tool for consumers and small businesses alike.

Google has been increasingly boosting its almost omnipresent digital personal assistant for mobile devices, Google Now, but another product within the Internet giant's vast portfolio is poised for an upgrade.

The Android maker is in the works to acquire Quest Visual, which developed an app that translates, in real-time, printed words from one language to another using a device's built-in camera.

Dubbed Word Lens, the app is support on Google Glass as well as iOS and Android devices.

The Quest Visual team confirmed the deal in a brief announcement on Friday, noting that the startup's flagship program will be baked into Google Translate.

The group added that its app along with language packs will be free to download amid the transition.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Earlier on Friday, it was reported that Google Now will soon start featuring bill reminders, a useful tool for consumers and small businesses alike.

Based on the description uncovered by Android Police, the functionality would put pressure on existing cloud-based reminder services that are delivered primarily via mobile, such as Mint and Manilla.

Topics: Mobility, Apps, Google, Software, Software Development

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