Over the years, Google has established itself as a versatile tool for translating foreign websites, documents and conversations for the frequent web surfer. Of course it is only natural that the search giant's mobile sector gets the same amount of convenience and support as its browser tools. Now, translating on the go will be easier than ever with Google's latest multi-lingual translation app.
Available on Google Play now for users running Android 2.3 or higher, Google Translate version 2.5 includes several updates; most notably the ability to translate selected text from images. This new feature is as simple as accessing the Camera icon in the application, taking a picture of text you need translated, and highlighting the selected text using your finger. Although this certainly isn't the first application to make use of a camera for translating purposes, Google's Translate app conveniently blends in with the Android interface and even features an intuitive touch-guided UI.
In addition to the new photo support, the update also features improvements in voice translations as well as improved handwriting recognition for Japanese. Unfortunately the app still isn't smart enough to replace an actual translator, but at least you can grab it anytime for free. For more information about the update and a list of the 64 supported languages visit the Google Play Store.