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.
Reviewed in Must have Travel apps
This is a must have if you're travelling to a place with a different alphabet. It uses the Camera and Google translate so you just point at some text and your phone will show you with context what is written there. Check it before flying, some of the language packs may take a while to download if you're in a slow connection
Reviewed in Wishlist for Built-In OS Features
Translation of Physical World Text: Word Lens Translator can recognise and translate printed text from the physical world, using the device's camera. Moreover, it doesn't require an internet connection to look up translations. It has only 6 language pairs to choose from. But, it can prove quite useful, compared to the current version of Google Translate. Speaking of Google Translate, the developer of Word Lens Translate has been acquired by Google. This will likely lead to offline text-recognition input being a more useful feature in a future version of Google Translate.
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...
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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Hardware Controls: Take Pictures and Videos: Used to access the camera so we can translate what it sees.