Word Lens Translator

Word Lens Translator

(73592 ratings)

Appears in 25 channels

  • Downloads:
    1,000,000 - 5,000,000
  • Last update
    May 16, 2014

Word Lens Translator Reviews

  • V


    Reviewed in Form+Function

    Word Lens isn't the prettiest app around, but boy does it make up for that with its usefulness. Point the camera at some text, say a menu in French, and the app will overlay the English translation over said text. You can translate Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and a few more languages into English, and vice versa. The best part is you don't even need an internet connection, so you won't have to worry about crazy roaming fees.

  • Vasilis K.

    Vasilis K.

    Reviewed in Best AD-FREE, free apps & games!

    Translate text on the fly, using your camera, completely offline!

  • PSarge


    Reviewed in Productivity

    I've been "playing" with this app for a while and it's very nice. Needs a little polish in the way of automatic language detection to make it really nice.

  • Pawer8


    Reviewed in Most recommended apps

    Translate things by pointing the camera at it. May fail in some light conditions but sure it comes in handy sometime.

  • Old Man Windbreaker (Pranav G)

    Old Man Windbreaker (Pranav G)

    Reviewed in Things to Do, Places to Go…

    In my perspective, Word Lens translator combines the ability of Google Goggles to recognise text in pictures with Google Translate's translation functions. In contrast, this can work without an internet connection. Moreover, now that the developer has been acquired by Google, we can expect this functionality to be integrated into Google Translate itself.

  • Ulas Gunay

    Ulas Gunay

    Reviewed in Enhancers and Simplifiers

    This thing uses your camera to instantly translate what you are seeing, a great idea to contribute and a greater tool to keep in your pocket, especially visiting foreign countries.

  • Antoine Charles

    Antoine Charles

    Reviewed in Simple and effective everyday apps

    This is so effective that it's almost scary. Word Lens Translator translate in real time what you aim on your phone. The only think it lacks is a better translation algorithm. No surprise Google bought this company: imagine this system integrated in wearable devices along with Google translate technology...

  • Roel Umali Hernandez

    Roel Umali Hernandez

    Reviewed in Essential Office Apps

    The better augmented reality app for your translation needs!

  • Pan Wanqing

    Pan Wanqing

    Reviewed in travel apps


  • Rune Jensen

    Rune Jensen

    Reviewed in Essentials for newbies

    If you are new to smartphones and want to see what the future might hold, this is an interesting app! Recently acquired by Google, Word Lens is a translation app that uses augmented reality to translate text in the real world. Hold your phone up against a sign in a foreign language, and your screen will display the translated text on top of the image. Mind blowing.


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Instantly translate printed words with your phone’s camera! Word Lens gives you translation on the go:
- NO NETWORK required - results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.
- Easy to use, like the regular camera
- Look up translations by typing them in, or clicking on a word.

Available language pairs:
+ English ⇆ Russian
+ English ⇆ Spanish
+ English ⇆ French
+ English ⇆ Italian
+ English ⇆ German
+ English ⇆ Portuguese

Notes for getting the best quality out of your translations:
- Best used on clearly printed text (e.g. signs, menus)
- DOES NOT recognize handwriting or stylized fonts
- It's not perfect, but you can get the general meaning!
- Keep text in focus by holding it at least one hand-length away and tap-to-focus if autofocus is struggling.
- Turn on the flashlight (if available on your device)
- Zoom in (if available on your device)

Some features are device dependent. Not all device cameras can zoom, nor do all devices have a flashlight.

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Permissions Usage:
Hardware Controls: Take Pictures and Videos: Used to access the camera so we can translate what it sees.