Google Translate to Gain a Lot from Word Lens Acquisition

Google has bought Quest Visual, the team behind Word Lens

Quest Visual, the company behind the magical app Word Lens which helps you translate foreign words with your smartphone, is joining Google.

The app mixes in a translation feature an optical character recognition tool, which means it can translate words that appear in a picture you take with your smartphone. To make things even better, it doesn’t even require that you take the picture – just launch the app and point it to whatever you want translated.

Word Lens has been available for Android users for nearly two years and it has even been integrated in Google Glass a few weeks back and it makes for a pretty useful tool to have on your phone, especially when traveling.

“With Word Lens, we've seen the beginnings of what's possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to ‘see the world in your language.’ By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual's technology into Google Translate's broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future,” reads an announcement on the Word Lens website.

As the team transitions over to Google, the app and the language packs will be available to download for free, so if you want to have some fun you should go to the Play Store as soon as possible and get your own copy.

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