When it first appeared in 2010, Word Lens astounded everyone with its amazing technology. The translation app, developed by Quest Visual, allows the user to translate foreign languages into English or English into various foreign languages all in real time. All the user needs to do is to point to the text that needs to be translated with their device’s camera. The user doesn’t need to type the words or speak into the mic. The camera and the app will do all of the work for the user. The user will get the translation – and it’s placed on whatever sign or material the original text was taken from. The presentation makes it look like the sign was naturally translated with the new language.
Unfortunately, Word Lens was only available for the iOS.
But Android users can now rejoice after the announcement that Word Lens has now been ported to Android devices. The Word Lens app for Android still works like its iOS counterpart. You just need to open your Word Lens app and point the camera to the sign or area that contains the words that you want translated. The app will do the translation on the fly. The app uses optical character recognition to determine the words before it begins to access its pre-installed dictionary. With its unique process, you don’t necessarily need an internet or WiFi connection to do the translation.
The Word Lens app for Android is sold at $5 and comes with a free complimentary language pack of your choice. You can, of course, buy more language packs in app.