Optical Text Translation Comes To Google Goggles

Google Goggles, the optical search tool for Android came today with a big update which includes the ability to recognize and translate languages.

Currently, the said optical character recognition is limited to five languages with Latin-based alphabets: English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

This version also improves the overall functionality of Goggles, tweaking the user interface significantly with a new crop tool. This tool lets the user focus on a specific area and ignore the surroundings, a feature extremely useful for the new optical character recognition feature.

If the user has an Android device with a flash, he can now choose to turn it on or off; searches can now be done of items in the phone’s photo gallery, and the database of artwork, products, and logos has grown to improve search results.

Google Goggles is available for download in the Android Market, and is a definite must-have for any user of the platform.

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