Google updates Google Goggles app with language translation

Summary:Google has updated their Google Goggles application, adding on a language translator tool if you're afraid of ordering something scary on the menu that you can't understand.

For those of you planning on going abroad this summer with your Android-based smartphone, there will be another tool at your disposal should you have some issues with the local language.

Google has updated their Google Goggles application to version 1.1, adding on a language translator tool if you're afraid of ordering something scary on the menu that you can't understand.

To take advantage of these new-found language skills, the user must point the camera of the phone towards the text, snap the photo and hope that Google Goggles can read it.

Initially, supported languages are English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It looks like Google is trying to get all of the Latin-based languages out of the way first, but Chinese, Hindi and Arabic support should be available soon.

Google Goggles v1.1 is supported by devices using Android 1.6 and higher, and owners can head to the Android Market for the download or scan the bar code from Google Mobile's official blog.

Topics: Google

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