Google Goggles can now quickly translate text from pictures snapped by you. Using Goggles translation is as simple as it gets. Just point your phone to a word or phrase, select the region of interest and snap the photograph. Goggles will take care of the rest for you.
Goggles’ latest feature should come in handy to travelers left befuddled by the menus in a restaurant or monoglots stumped by billboards and banners in a foreign country. Goggles translation was first demonstrated with German language support in the Mobile World Congress ’10. Now, it recognizes several more languages including English, French, Italian and Spanish. In the future, Google plans to add support for non-Latin languages like Chinese, Hindi and Arabic as well.
Google Goggles 1.1 runs on Android 1.6 mobile phones and features several other improvements including improved barcode recognition, a larger repository of artwork, recognition of many more products and logos, an improved user interface, and the ability to initiate visual searches using images in your phone’s photo gallery. You can download the latest version from the Android Market.