Google Translate for Android now lets you translate by taking a photo

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A picture speaks a thousand words, and with its latest update, Google Translate can translate both.

The updated Google Translate app now lets users translate objects like street signs and notes just by photographing them.

While the feature is new to Google Translate, it’s been a fundamental part of Google Goggles for a while now. Goggles lets users search the web by photographing physical objects like landmarks, books, and text on street signs (which can then be translated).

Lack of pure novelty aside, the addition is a massively important one to Google Translate, which can now help people save lots of time when encountering new words in a foreign language.

Alongside the camera addition, the Google Translate update also improves Japanese handwriting input, adds dialect preferences, and offers instant translation results.

Photo: Shutterstock/Stephen Aaron Rees